Water flounder
Water flounder Wa"ter floun"der (Zo["o]l.) The windowpane ({Pleuronectes maculatus}). [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster]

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  • water flounder — Windowpane Win dow*pane , n. 1. (Arch.) See {Pane}, n., (3) b . [In this sense, written also {window pane}.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A thin, spotted American turbot ({Pleuronectes maculatus}) remarkable for its translucency. It is not valued …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flounder — floun|der1 [ˈflaundə US ər] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from FOUNDER2] 1.) to not know what to say or do because you feel confused or upset ▪ I found myself floundering as I tried to answer her questions. ▪ I m sorry, she floundered… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Flounder tramping — is a traditional method of catching flounder or other flat fish by wading in shallow water and standing on them.This method of fishing was used in the coastal waters and river estuaries of South West Scotland for centuries. Once trapped the fish… …   Wikipedia

  • flounder — flounder, founder These two words are easily confused because their form and meanings are both close. The physical meaning of flounder is ‘to struggle in mud or while wading’ and hence ‘to stumble or move clumsily’, and from these meanings… …   Modern English usage

  • flounder — Ⅰ. flounder [1] ► VERB 1) stagger clumsily in mud or water. 2) have trouble doing or understanding something. USAGE On the confusion of flounder and founder, see the note at FOUNDER(Cf. ↑founder) …   English terms dictionary

  • flounder — [[t]fla͟ʊndə(r)[/t]] flounders, floundering, floundered (The plural form for meaning 4 can be either flounder or flounders.) 1) VERB If something is floundering, it has many problems and may soon fail completely. What a pity that his career was… …   English dictionary

  • flounder — flounder1 flounderingly, adv. /flown deuhr/, v.i. 1. to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually fol. by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water. 2. to struggle clumsily or helplessly: He… …   Universalium

  • flounder — flounder1 verb 1》 stagger clumsily in mud or water. 2》 have trouble doing or understanding something. Derivatives flounderer noun Origin C16: perh. a blend of founder3 and blunder, or perh. symbolic. Usage On the confusion of flounder with …   English new terms dictionary

  • flounder — 1. noun Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae. 2. verb a) To flop around as a fish out of water. Robert yanked Connies leg vigorously, causing her to flounder and eventually fall. b) To make …   Wiktionary

  • flounder, founder —    Founder means to sink, either literally (as with a ship) or figuratively (as with a project). Flounder means to flail helplessly. It too can be used literally (as with someone struggling in deep water) or figuratively (as with a nervous person …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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