"founders" in the noun sense
1. laminitis, founder
inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
2. founder, beginner, founding father, father
a person who founds or establishes some institution
"George Washington is the father of his country"
a worker who makes metal castings
"founders" in the verb sense
1. fall through, fall flat, founder, flop
fail utterly collapse
"The project foundered"
sink below the surface
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"
stumble and nearly fall
"the horses foundered"
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