Meaning of “foundry” in the English Dictionary

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"foundry" in British English

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foundrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaʊn.dri/ us /ˈfaʊn.dri/

Examples from literature

  • I must get a proper casting made at a foundry. 
  • Indeed it seems that every colony, except Georgia, had its iron foundry. 
  • The chief industry is cotton, but there are also shipbuilding yards, engineer shops, and foundries. 
  • The young man's work in the foundry alternated weekly between day and night duty. 
  • While the foundries and steel mills are making the metal-work the foundations are being laid. 

(Definition of “foundry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"foundry" in American English

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foundrynoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɑʊn·dri/

(Definition of “foundry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"foundry" in Business English

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foundrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaʊndri/ us plural foundries PRODUCTION

a factory where metal is melted and poured into specially shaped containers to produce objects:

steel/iron/bronze/foundry Electric furnaces are used almost exclusively in the steel foundry.

a factory that produces microchips:

The company, which contracts with chip foundries, expects to double its output capacity by year end.

(Definition of “foundry” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)