Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An establishment where metal is melted and poured into molds.
  • n. The skill or operation of founding.
  • n. The castings made by founding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A facility that melts metals in special furnaces and pours the molten metal into molds to make products. Foundries are usually specified according to the type of metal dealt with, as iron foundry, brass foundry, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, process, or art of casting metals.
  • n. The buildings and works for casting metals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The easting of metals.
  • n. An establishment for the founding of metallic articles: as, a foundry of bells or of cannon; a type-foundry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. factory where metal castings are produced

Etymologies

From French fonderie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • MOSCOW, September 25 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian tractor producer Traktorniye Zavody said Thursday it had bought a 74\% stake in German foundry Luitpoldhutte AG but declined to disclose the value of the deal.

    RIA Novosti

  • Chinese telecommunications firm, Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Holdings has invested $172 Million in Chinese foundry, SMIC.

    Fabtech - News

  • So, they call the foundry and before the foundry can answer, the sales rep leads the question "So, Bill, we built that tooling out of plastic didn't we?

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  • Just in a minute, you'll see our foundry, which is one of the most modern, automated, foundries in the South.

    Oral History Interview with Jean Cole Hatcher, June 13, 1980. Interview H-0165. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • We find in 1752 a Mr. Champion of Bristol applied the atmospheric engine to raise water to drive a number of wheels for working machinery in a brasswork, in other words, a foundry.

    Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects

  • About three-tenths of this quantity are of a quality suitable for the foundry, which is all used in Great Britain and Ireland, with the exception of a small quantity exported to France and America.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 359, March 7, 1829

  • The trip to the foundry was a short one, and the three scientists of Earth stared at what they saw -- thousands of tons of platinum, cast into bars and piled up like pig-iron, waiting to be made into numerous articles of every-day use throughout the nation.

    The Skylark of Space

  • The building was, by turns, called foundry, mills and shops.

    Half a Rogue

  • The foundry was a wreck, but even this did not satisfy the fury of the strikers, which had been excited by the presence of the strike-breakers imported by McGinnis.

    To Him That Hath: a Tale of the West of Today

  • The most important business in hand at the time of my visit to the foundry was the moulding and casting of the magnificent bronze capitals of the grand portico of the Izak Church.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

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