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ore dressing

Metallurgy. the mechanical processes by which valuable minerals are separated from ore.
Origin of ore dressing
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The question in ore dressing really is whether air can be made to work as well as water.

  • This is neither milling, metallurgy, nor ore dressing, but is more properly called Sorting.

    The Business of Mining Arthur J. Hoskin
British Dictionary definitions for ore dressing

ore dressing

the first stage in the extraction of a metal from an ore in which as much gangue as possible is removed and the ore is prepared for smelting, refining, etc Also called mineral dressing, mineral processing
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