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sputtering

[spuht-er-ing] /ˈspʌt ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
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
1900-1905
1900-05; sputter + -ing1
Related forms
unsputtering, adjective

sputter

[spuht-er] /ˈspʌt ər/
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
Related forms
sputterer, noun
sputteringly, adverb
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Examples for sputtering
  • 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.
  • Nonetheless, the automotive startup world is sputtering to life.
  • The economy, while moving in the right direction, is still sputtering.
  • It's also that the economic recovery is sputtering and in serious danger of slipping into a second recession.
  • After eons of sputtering research, the science of fire goes into orbit.
  • In an instant she snapped out of her dissociative dream state and was sputtering back up to the air.
  • The reprise was a sputtering, closing version of the original conflagration.
British Dictionary definitions for sputtering

sputter

/ˈspʌtə/
verb
1.
another word for splutter (sense 1), splutter (sense 2), splutter (sense 3)
2.
(physics)
  1. 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
  2. to coat (a film of a metal) onto (a solid surface) by using this process
noun
3.
the process or noise of sputtering
4.
incoherent stammering speech
5.
something that is ejected while sputtering
Derived Forms
sputterer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch sputteren, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for sputtering
sputter
1598, "to spit with explosive sounds," cognate with Du. sputteren, W.Fris. sputterje (see spout). The noun is attested from 1673.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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