sintering

sinter

[sin-ter]
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:
1770–80; < German: dross; see cinder

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sinter (ˈsɪntə)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  (tr) to form large particles, lumps, or masses from (metal powders or powdery ores) by heating or pressure or both
 
[C18: German: cinder]

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