[ sin-ter ]
/ ˈsɪn tər /


siliceous or calcareous matter deposited by springs, as that formed around the vent of a geyser.
Metallurgy. the product of a sintering operation.

verb (used with object)

Metallurgy. to bring about agglomeration in (metal particles) by heating.

Origin of sinter

1770–80; < German: dross; see cinder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sinter

/ (ˈsɪntə) /


a whitish porous incrustation, usually consisting of silica, that is deposited from hot springs
the product of a sintering process
another name for cinder (def. 3)


(tr) to form large particles, lumps, or masses from (metal powders or powdery ores) by heating or pressure or both

Word Origin for sinter

C18: German: cinder
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