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sinter

[sin-ter] /ˈsɪn tər/
noun
1.
siliceous or calcareous matter deposited by springs, as that formed around the vent of a geyser.
2.
Metallurgy. the product of a sintering operation.
verb (used with object)
3.
Metallurgy. to bring about agglomeration in (metal particles) by heating.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < German: dross; see cinder
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Examples from the web for sinter
  • sinter is an agglomerated product of a size and strength suitable for blast furnace charging.
  • In many cases the pollutant emission rate is a function of feed ore composition, eg, sinter plant sulfur dioxide emissions.
  • When the silica rich water splashes out of a geyser, the siliceous sinter deposits are known as geyserite.
  • Blocks of silica sinter thrown from the geyser's throat form a berm around the new crater.
British Dictionary definitions for sinter

sinter

/ˈsɪntə/
noun
1.
a whitish porous incrustation, usually consisting of silica, that is deposited from hot springs
2.
the product of a sintering process
3.
another name for cinder (sense 3)
verb
4.
(transitive) to form large particles, lumps, or masses from (metal powders or powdery ores) by heating or pressure or both
Word Origin
C18: German: cinder
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Word Origin and History for sinter
n.

1780, from German Sinter, cognate with English cinder.

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