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[foo r-drin-ee-er] /fʊərˈdrɪn i ər/
a machine for manufacturing paper.
Origin of Fourdrinier
1830-40; named after Henry and Sealy Fourdrinier, 19th-century English papermakers Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Messrs. Fourdrinier having expended 60,000 in perfecting the machine.

    Great Facts Frederick C. Bakewell
  • In the Fourdrinier process rags are ground to a pulp by a revolving beater (Fig. 125) working in a tank of water.

  • The Fourdrinier part consists of a head box, which resembles the case of an upright piano.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • View showing the Fourdrinier part of a modern book paper-machine.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • A long felt carries the paper from the couch rolls back over the Fourdrinier part, delivering it to the first press.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • By 1872 two hundred and ninety-nine Fourdrinier machines were running in the United States alone.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
  • The same principle is occasionally adopted on the Fourdrinier machine for duplex wrappers.

    The Manufacture of Paper Robert Walter Sindall
British Dictionary definitions for Fourdrinier


a particular type of paper-making machine that forms the paper in a continuous web
Word Origin
C19: named after Henry (died 1854) and Sealy (died 1847) Fourdrinier, English paper makers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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