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[foun-dree] /ˈfaʊn dri/
noun, plural foundries.
an establishment for producing castings in molten metal.
the act or process of founding or casting metal.
the category of metal objects made by founding; castings.
Origin of foundry
1595-1605; < French fonderie. See found3, -ery Unabridged
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  • He possesses brass enough to set up a foundry, does that fellow.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I have work in a foundry as a molder helper and has lots of experense at that.

  • There are shipbuilding plants upon distant shores, the glares of foundry cupolas, multiplying commerce—Baltimore is close at hand.

  • It was all in the evening papers, and he had been dismissed from his time-keeping at the foundry.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • My favorite pursuit, after my daily excursions at the foundry, was astronomy.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale
  • Morgan's foundry and Orth's brewery were just on the other side of us.

  • On the base ring or line, the initials of the foundry, the register number, and the weight of gun in pounds.

  • The bed he lies in was sawed and planed by a machine, or cast in a foundry.

    The Voice of the Machines Gerald Stanley Lee
  • There are 18 units in a quad, which, unlike the em quad of foundry type, in the smaller sizes is not usually an exact square.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • When the pages are passed upon they are sent to the foundry for casting.

British Dictionary definitions for foundry


noun (pl) -ries
a place in which metal castings are produced
the science or practice of casting metal
cast-metal articles collectively
Word Origin
C17: from Old French fonderie, from fondre; see found³
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Word Origin and History for foundry

c.1600, from French fonderei, from fondre "to cast" (see found (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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