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

Examples of foundry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The foundry alone will cost between $7 billion to $8 billion. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 The Siempelkamp foundry burns enough energy each year to power a town of 20,000 people. Anna Cooban And Inke Kappeler, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 The first step toward pumping out those 28-nm chips is the construction of a chip foundry, where the tens to hundreds of billions of transistors that constitute a chip are connected to one another. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 This red earth suggests that the area was once used for something involving lots of heat, like a foundry, a bakery, or a kiln. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2022 The manufacturing expansion comes as Intel works to become a leading chip foundry to rival Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 15 Mar. 2022 Intel has agreed to pay $5.4 billion to buy Tower Semiconductor, an Israeli foundry that focuses on specialty processes to make chips for imaging, power management, and wireless communications. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 15 Feb. 2022 But the former East Side foundry did more than just help shape the San Antonio skyline. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Jan. 2022 China’s biggest chip foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. falls more than 5% in Shanghai, while in Hong Kong Hua Hong Semiconductor Ltd. slides 5.7%, its worst drop in nearly three months. Olivia Tam,, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Foundry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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