Definition of Fourdrinier machine in English:

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Fourdrinier machine

Pronunciation: /ˌfôrdrəˈnir/ Pronunciation: /fôrˈdrinēər/


A machine for making paper as a continuous sheet by drainage on a wire mesh belt.
Example sentences
  • After being bleached, the pulp is moved through the Fourdrinier machine where it is dried and shaped.
  • In one of the wings are two 62-inch Fourdrinier machines, each driven by an upright steam engine.
  • The base paper is produced on a Fourdrinier machine equipped with process computer control.


Mid 19th century: named after Henry (died 1854) and Sealy (died 1847) Fourdrinier, British papermakers and patentees of such a machine.

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Syllabification: Four·drin·i·er ma·chine

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