1. [ noun ] (work) a person who founds or establishes some institution
Synonyms: founding_father father beginner

"George Washington is the father of his country"

Related terms: originator cofounder foundress colonizer begin
2. [ noun ] (medicine) inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
Synonyms: laminitis
Related terms: inflammation
3. [ verb ] stumble and nearly fall; of horses
Related terms: stumble
4. [ verb ] break down, literally or metaphorically
Synonyms: collapse fall_in cave_in give_way give break

"The wall collapsed" "The business collapsed" "The dam broke" "The roof collapsed" "The wall gave in" "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"

Related terms: change flop buckle slump break implode abandon collapse cave_in
5. [ verb ] sink below the surface
Related terms: sink foundering
6. [ verb ] fail utterly; collapse
Synonyms: fall_flat flop fall_through

"The project foundered"

Related terms: fail flop
7. [ noun ] (work) a worker who makes metal castings
Related terms: skilled_worker bell_founder
Similar spelling:   Fonder