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[smel-ter] /ˈsmɛl tər/
a person or thing that smelts.
a person who owns or works in a place where ores are smelted.
a place where ores are smelted.
Origin of smelter
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see smelt1, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for smelter
  • It also has quite a bit of iron, and a smelter could easily be made using solar concentration from that abundant sunlight again.
  • Plans for the building of a big aluminium smelter are under way.
  • What could be open debates, such as whether to approve an aluminium smelter or build a sports centre, are immediately politicised.
  • Capital projects to reduce smelter emissions are not a option so they must be paid for.
  • Sure, you can pinpoint the location of every copper smelter in the world.
  • Once a smelter is up and running everything changes.
  • The ore appeared so worthless that it took days to find a smelter.
  • The historic smelter buildings have been demolished and the area has been redeveloped.
British Dictionary definitions for smelter


a person engaged in smelting
Also called smeltery (ˈsmɛltərɪ). an industrial plant in which smelting is carried out
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Word Origin and History for smelter

mid-15c., agent noun from smelt (v.).

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