found·ry | \ˈfau̇n-drē \
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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Among its clients are foundries and manufacturers of such metal products as cookware. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Manufacturer outgrows New Berlin plant, will move into former Allis-Chalmers site in West Allis," 3 July 2018 Bound aluminum ingots at a foundry in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, operated by United Co. Rusal. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Metal Buyers Race to Secure Supplies Ahead of Tariff Decision," 28 Apr. 2018 Several tall intricate totems have just returned from a foundry in North Carolina, which has taken over the casting work Drumm once performed in his shop. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron artist Don Drumm's iconic sun still shining after 60 years," 26 Apr. 2018 Following the Depression, the metal-hungry engines of war again ignited the foundries of the world. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Maynard Steel is a foundry that makes metal castings weighing up to 65,000 pounds. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two-alarm fire damages Maynard Steel in Milwaukee," 14 July 2018 Barton also received $95,000 from a political action committee funded by Henry Swigert, whose family started ESCO Corp., a Portland industrial foundry. Samantha Swindler,, "Masked man doing martial arts tries to use ladies' room: Forest Grove police log," 14 May 2018 The remaining portion of that former foundry is part of the Element 84 apartment development site. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glenn Rieder brings a new manufacturing facility to an old-school industrial area in West Allis," 22 June 2018 The space went through various permutations over the next century, even becoming a foundry and lock factory. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Public Landing in Lockport," 8 July 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 \
plural foundries

Kids Definition of foundry

: a building or factory where metal goods are made

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