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noun 
  1. One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom something originates; one who endows.
  2. The iron worker in charge of the blast furnace and the smelting operation.
Quotations
  • 1957: The term 'founder' was applied in the British iron industry long afterwards to the ironworker in charge of the blast furnace and the smelting operation. — H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 161.
verb 
  1. Fill with water and sink.
    • 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
    • : We were not much more than a quarter of an hour out of our ship but we saw her sink, and then I understood for the first time what was meant by a ship foundering in the sea.
      1. To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse.
      2. To fail; to miscarry.

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