One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A machine for making paper as a continuous sheet by draining pulp on a wire mesh belt.
- ‘The Fourdrinier machine has for many years been well known and most widely used for making news print paper.’
- ‘In one of the wings are two 62-inch Fourdrinier machines, each driven by an upright steam engine.’
- ‘On a Fourdrinier machine the watermark is created by a dandy roll as the stock passes through the wet end processes.’
- ‘After being bleached, the pulp is moved through the Fourdrinier machine where it is dried and shaped.’
- ‘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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