un sputtering


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.

1900–05; sputter + -ing1

unsputtering, adjective
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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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