found·​ry ˈfau̇n-drē How to pronounce foundry (audio)
plural foundries
: an establishment where founding is carried on
: the act, process, or art of casting metals

Examples of foundry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But many of the most important engine parts are also built in-house, including camshafts and crankshafts that go straight from the foundry on site to CNC polishing machines running 24 hours a day, seven days a week with precision up to 1/10th of a millimeter. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023 From there, the artist grew them to fanciful size through a laborious process that involved having the clay figure recast in liquid plaster, meticulously contouring the new double, then sending it off to a foundry to be sealed in hulking bronze. Richard Barnes, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 The island will also house a new TSMC foundry, worth roughly around $6.7 billion, set to open late next year. Lionel Lim, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2023 The island is a major production hub for advanced semiconductors and is home to one of the world’s most advanced foundries: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Lionel Lim, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2023 On Saturday, at a foundry in an undisclosed location in the American South, workers cut the infamous figure into small pieces, then fed those pieces into a 2,250-degree furnace. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 Like all the new semiconductor foundries, including the ones in Silicon Valley, the Taiwanese shops were staffed largely with women. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2023 Gonzalez grew up seeing her father juggle two jobs delivering newspapers and working as a manager at a foundry. Alejandra Molina, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 For the rest of this murky, gritty thriller’s two-hour running time, firearms take a back seat to the rampant corruption and crime taking place in China’s northeastern industrial wasteland, where a longstanding iron and steel foundry is in the midst of a major crisis. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foundry was in 1536

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“Foundry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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found·​ry ˈfau̇n-drē How to pronounce foundry (audio)
plural foundries
: a building or factory where metals are cast

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