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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  --Chaucer. 
 
  3.  To  fail  to  miscarry.  ``All  his  tricks  founder.''  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  foundering 
  n  :  (of  a  ship)  sinking  [syn:  {going  under}] 




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