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Definition of founder:

  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.
  3. One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom anything originates; one who endows.
  4. One who founds; one who casts metals in various forms; a caster; as, a founder of cannon, bells, hardware, or types.
  5. To become filled with water, and sink, as a ship.
  6. To cause internal inflammation and soreness in the feet or limbs of ( a horse), so as to disable or lame him.
  7. To fail; to miscarry.
  8. To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse.

Synonyms:

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