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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Finding an alternative foundry would require onerous tweaks to the chips’ design. The Economist, "An American ban hits China’s supercomputer industry," 29 June 2019 The company, based in South Carolina, said the expansion will bring advanced aluminum mold making and mold handling operations to the foundry, which currently furnishes aluminum casting and fiberglass products finishing and assembly. William Thornton |,, "MacLean Power Systems plans $5.3 million expansion in Alabaster," 3 June 2019 The same team also used X-rays to analyze 39 sculptures from the Picasso Museum, in Paris, identifying the mix of metals within and even tracking them to particular foundries. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Physicists Discover Artwork Hidden Under Picasso's Paintings," 1 Jan. 2019 It’s used for glass, casting in foundries, even playgrounds and golf course sand traps. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019 MacLean Power Systems has announced a $5.3 million to upgrade its Alabaster foundry. William Thornton |,, "MacLean Power Systems plans $5.3 million expansion in Alabaster," 3 June 2019 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

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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

Kids Definition of foundry

: a building or factory where metal goods are made

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