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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a founder member (=one who helped start an organization)
▪ He was a founder member of the African National Congress.
founder member
▪ He was a founder member of the Junior Ministers' Convention in 1888.
▪ McLachlan was a founder member of the Association of Public Analysts and one of the early presidents of that body.
▪ In 1884 he became a founder member of the Art Workers' Guild.
▪ She was also one of the founder members of a super pool of judges which brought more than 450 Mafia members to trial.
▪ I am surprised that the city government has not accepted our proposal to be our founder member.
▪ Mr Blinco was a founder member of the Coventry Reminiscence Theatre and he is currently working on a one-man show.
▪ Registration required a minimum of 100 founder members.
▪ In 1911 he was a founder member of the Photomicrographic Society, whose Barnard medal he endowed.
▪ The shop is still run by the founder and his two sons.
▪ He was thus the founder of physics teaching in Oxford University.
▪ In it the founders dissolved also their own presbytery and headed back for their model to the ideal primitive church.
▪ Larry Madden, founder of a liturgical think tank.
▪ This is where many of the founders of industrial Prague rest.
▪ This Jesuit was not only a profound preacher, but the founder of orphanages and improver of prison conditions.
▪ According to court records, Dubroff's business was foundering and he was facing eviction.
▪ By 1992 her marriage was foundering.
▪ Detail does matter because concepts which are excellent in their general sweep can founder on a small matter of detail.
▪ He has extracted land and money from business interests, but his revolutionary experiment has foundered from the start.
▪ His business had started to founder and his company had gone into insolvent liquidation.
▪ The will and morale and community of its people can founder.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Founder \Found"er\, n. [From Found to cast.] One who founds; one who casts metals in various forms; a caster; as, a founder of cannon, bells, hardware, or types.

Fonder's dust. Same as Facing, 4.

Founder's sand, a kind of sand suitable for purposes of molding.


Founder \Found"er\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Foundered; p. pr. & vb. n. Foundering.] [OF. fondrer to fall in, cf. F. s'effondrer, fr. fond bottom, L. fundus. See Found to establish.]

  1. (Naut.) To become filled with water, and sink, as a ship.

  2. To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse.

    For which his horse fear['e] gan to turn, And leep aside, and foundrede as he leep.

  3. To fail; to miscarry. ``All his tricks founder.''


Founder \Found"er\, v. t. To cause internal inflammation and soreness in the feet or limbs of (a horse), so as to disable or lame him.


Founder \Found"er\, n. (Far.)

  1. A lameness in the foot of a horse, occasioned by inflammation; closh.

  2. An inflammatory fever of the body, or acute rheumatism; as, chest founder. See Chest ffounder.
    --James White.


Founder \Found"er\, n. [Cf. OF. fondeor, F. fondateur, L. fundator.] One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom anything originates; one who endows.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c. "to send to the bottom" (transitive); late 14c., "to sink or fall" (intransitive), from Old French fondrer "collapse; submerge, sink, fall to the bottom" (Modern French fondrier), from fond "bottom" (12c.), from Latin fundus "bottom, foundation" (see fund (n.)). Not especially of ships in Middle English, where it typically meant "fall to the ground." Figurative use from 1580s. Related: Foundered; foundering.


"one who establishes, one who sets up or institutes (something)," mid-14c., from Anglo-French fundur, Old French fondeor "founder, originator" (Modern French fondateur), from Latin fundator, agent noun from fundare "to lay a foundation" (see found (v.1)). Fem. form foundress is from early 15c.; also fundatrix (1540s).


"one who casts metal," c.1400, agent noun from found (v.2).


Etymology 1 n. 1 One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom something originates; one who endows. 2 (context genetics English) Someone for whose parents one has no dat

  1. Etymology 2

    n. 1 The iron worker in charge of the blast furnace and the smelting operation. 2 One who casts metals in various forms; a caster. Etymology 3


  2. 1 (context intransitive English) Of a ship, to fill with water and sink. 2 (context intransitive English) To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse. 3 (context transitive English) To disable or lame (a horse) by causing internal inflammation and soreness in the feet or limbs. 4 (context intransitive English) To fail; to miscarry.

  1. n. inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse [syn: laminitis]

  2. a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country" [syn: beginner, founding father, father]

  3. a worker who makes metal castings

  4. v. fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered" [syn: fall through, fall flat, flop]

  5. sink below the surface

  6. break down, literally or metaphorically; "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" [syn: collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break]

  7. stumble and nearly fall; "the horses foundered"


Founder or Founders may refer to:

Usage examples of "founder".

The siege on Glenn Abies is just one phase of a series of strategic federal assassinations, beginning with the murder of Order founder Robert Matthews and including the recent massacre at Waco.

If the founder of the Christian religion had deemed belief in the Gospel and a life in accordance with it to be compatible with membership of the Synagogue and observance of the Jewish law, there could at least be no impossibility of adhering to the Gospel within the Catholic Church.

The ambassadors of the nations, more especially of the unbelieving nations, were solemnly admonished, that such strange alliances had been condemned by the founder of the church and city.

Sieur had been naming the settlements to honour the original founders: Vithrancel for Ancel Den Rannion, Hafreinsaur for Hafrein Den Fellaemion.

In May 1927, the Aquarian Foundation was incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia, its power and its funds in the hands of its founder, Wilson.

He wanted to face the oil painting at the end of the auditorium, showing Baron von Conradi, founder of the school, caseous and immortal beneath heavy varnish.

Then, again, Garry had the day-to-day backing of his grandmother, Centaine Courtney-Malcomess, the founder and dowager empress of the empire.

House of Worship and which will, God willing, through its termination, at the appointed hour, contribute an outstanding share to the projected festivities which are to commemorate the centenary of the Declaration of the Mission of the Founder of our Faith.

Community during the two-year interval separating us from the Centenary celebrations of the prophetic mission of the Founder of our Faith.

Mission of the Founder of our Faith, the centenary of what may be truly regarded as the darkest, the most tragic, the most heroic, period in the annals of a hundred-year-old Revelation.

A splendid funeral procession was prepared for Drusus, in which the statues of Attus Clausus, the Sabine chief, the founder of the Claudian Gens, and of AEneas, and the Alban kings, were carried side by side, thus recalling the memories of the early regal dynasty, as well as of the severe founders of the Republic.

Like your own ancestor Lord Manu, rajkumars, who composed the laws by which civilized humans would govern themselves, descended from the deva Surya himself, who was likewise a seed spreader of the Ikshvaaku clan, and one of the founders of the Arya race.

The balance of power established by Diocletian subsisted no longer than while it was sustained by the firm and dexterous hand of the founder.

Australia generally had already to realize the fact that the pastoral industry was not enough for its development, and South Australia had seemed to solve the problem through the doctrinaire founders, of family immigration, small estates, and the development of agnculture, horticulture, and viticulture.

The founder of the dynasty, Aegon the Conquerer, took both his sisters to wife and fathered sons on each.