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  1. siliceous or calcareous matter deposited by springs, as that formed around the vent of a geyser.
  2. Metallurgy. the product of a sintering operation.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Metallurgy. to bring about agglomeration in (metal particles) by heating.
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Origin of sinter

1770–80; < German: dross; see cinder
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  1. a whitish porous incrustation, usually consisting of silica, that is deposited from hot springs
  2. the product of a sintering process
  3. another name for cinder (def. 3)
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  1. (tr) to form large particles, lumps, or masses from (metal powders or powdery ores) by heating or pressure or both
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Word Origin

C18: German: cinder
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Word Origin and History for sinter


1780, from German Sinter, cognate with English cinder.

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