found·​ry | \ ˈfau̇n-drē How to pronounce foundry (audio) \
plural foundries

Definition of foundry

1 : an establishment where founding is carried on
2 : the act, process, or art of casting metals

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Real Alloy Recycling, a Mount Pleasant aluminum foundry that employs about 40 people, will shut down as its corporate parent restructures its financial affairs in bankruptcy court. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mount Pleasant foundry will close, cut 40 jobs," 25 Jan. 2018 Its iron foundry, which stood at the center of city life, crumbled and now employs a few hundred workers compared with thousands in its heyday. James Marson, WSJ, "The Case of the Disappearing Stalin Statue Roils a Russian City," 22 Oct. 2018 South Boston’s foundry, a rehabbed 19th-century wireworks, originally the Alger Iron Works, specializing in cast-iron ordnance, built by inventor and metallurgist Cyrus Alger and site of the first gun ever rifled in America. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Unheralded Berry Is Coming To Your Liquor Cabinet," 28 Dec. 2018 The Source This former iron foundry, built in the 1880s, has been reimagined 130 years later as The Source Hotel and Market Hall in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Seattle Hotel Playbook," 3 Dec. 2018 Wes Twigg of KeyBanc Capital projects a 12% drop in memory capex and a 14% jump in foundry capex next year—a reversal of the spending pattern over the past year. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Seeing Some Light in Chip Equipment," 26 Nov. 2018 Atelier des Lumieres, a 35,000-square-foot museum housed in a cavernous former foundry, features classic work from 19th- and 20th-century artists like Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Fine art goes full digital in new Paris museum," 30 Aug. 2018 The building is just south of the former Milwaukee Ductile Iron foundry and isn't far from the former Allis-Chalmers Corp. complex and other former heavy industrial sites that once defined West Allis. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glenn Rieder brings a new manufacturing facility to an old-school industrial area in West Allis," 22 June 2018 Leonie Dolch, a public defender who represented Kehinde Omosebi during his initial court appearance Monday, told the court that Omosebi had worked at a local iron foundry, Grede Foundries, but had been unemployed since February. Todd Richmond, Fox News, "Police: Starved teen's brother wrote letter begging for help," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of foundry

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for foundry

borrowed from Middle French fondrie, fonderie, from fond-, base of fondre "to cast, found entry 5" + -rie, -erie -ery

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English Language Learners Definition of foundry

: a building or factory where metals are produced


found·​ry | \ ˈfau̇n-drē How to pronounce foundry (audio) \
plural foundries

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: a building or factory where metal goods are made

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