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Definition of foundry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

foundry

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndri//
 
(pl. foundries) Manufacturing
 
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a factory where metal or glass is melted and made into different shapes or objects an iron foundry foundry workers Synonymsfactoryplant mill works yard workshop foundryThese are all words for buildings or places where things are made or where industrial processes take place.factory a building or group of buildings where goods are made:a chocolate/​cigarette/​clothing factoryplant a factory or place where power is produced or an industrial process takes place:a nuclear power plant a manufacturing plantmill a factory that produces a particular type of material:a cotton/​paper/​textile/​woollen millworks (often in compounds) a place where things are made or an industrial process takes place:a brickworks a steelworks Raw materials were carried to the works by barge.yard (usually in compounds) an area of land used for building something:a shipyardworkshop a room or building in which things are made or repaired using tools or machinery:a car repair workshopfoundry a factory where metal or glass is melted and made into different shapes or objects:an iron foundryPatterns a car/​chemical/​munitions factory/​plant an engineering plant/​works to manage/​run a factory/​plant/​mill/​works/​yard/​workshop/​foundry to work in/​at a factory/​plant/​mill/​yard/​workshop/​foundry factory/​mill/​foundry owners/​managers/​workers See related entries: Manufacturing Word Origin early 17th cent. (earlier as foundery): from found ‘melt and mould’ + -ry, perhaps suggested by French fonderie.
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