Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun founder

3 senses of founder

Sense 1
laminitis, founder -- (inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse)
       => inflammation, redness, rubor -- (a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat)

Sense 2
founder, beginner, founding father, father -- (a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country")
       => originator, conceiver, mastermind -- (someone who creates new things)

Sense 3
founder -- (a worker who makes metal castings)
       => skilled worker, trained worker, skilled workman -- (a worker who has acquired special skills)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb founder

4 senses of founder

Sense 1
fall through, fall flat, founder, flop -- (fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered")
       => fail, go wrong, miscarry -- (be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably")

Sense 2
founder -- (sink below the surface)
       => sink, settle, go down, go under -- (go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned")

Sense 3
collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder -- (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")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 4
founder -- (stumble and nearly fall; "the horses foundered")
       => stumble, trip -- (miss a step and fall or nearly fall; "She stumbled over the tree root")

2019, Cloud WordNet Browser