sputtering

[spuht-er-ing]
noun
Engineering, Electronics. a process that uses ions of an inert gas to dislodge atoms from the surface of a crystalline material, the atoms then being electrically deposited to form an extremely thin coating on a glass, metal, plastic, or other surface.

Origin:
1900–05; sputter + -ing1

unsputtering, adjective
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sputter

[spuht-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make explosive popping or sizzling sounds.
2.
to emit particles, sparks, etc., forcibly or explosively, especially accompanied by sputtering sounds.
3.
to eject particles of saliva, food, etc., from the mouth in a light spray, as when speaking angrily or excitedly.
4.
to utter or spit out words or sounds explosively or incoherently, as when angry or flustered.
verb (used with object)
5.
to emit (anything) forcibly and in small particles, as if by spitting: The fire sputtered cinders.
6.
to eject (saliva, food, etc.) in small particles explosively and involuntarily, as in excitement.
7.
to utter explosively and incoherently.
noun
8.
the act or sound of sputtering.
9.
explosive, incoherent utterance.
10.
matter ejected in sputtering.

Origin:
1590–1600; sput- (variant of spout) + -er6; cognate with Dutch sputteren

sputterer, noun
sputteringly, adverb
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sputter (ˈspʌtə)
 
vb
1.  splutter splutter another word for splutter
2.  physics
 a.  to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which atoms of a solid are removed from its surface by the impact of high-energy ions, as in a discharge tube
 b.  to coat (a film of a metal) onto (a solid surface) by using this process
 
n
3.  the process or noise of sputtering
4.  incoherent stammering speech
5.  something that is ejected while sputtering
 
[C16: from Dutch sputteren, of imitative origin]
 
'sputterer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

sputter
1598, "to spit with explosive sounds," cognate with Du. sputteren, W.Fris. sputterje (see spout). The noun is attested from 1673.
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Example sentences
At any rate, if it is heat it ought to be white heat and not sputter, because
  sputtering heat is apt to spread the fire.
When your car starts sputtering, it's easy to look at the dashboard and see if
  you're running out of gas.
We each emerged from our dunk sputtering mud and laughing.
Inside, two opposing steel brackets sat almost floating in a tight square pool
  of sputtering oil.
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