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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.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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. 2018

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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)
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for sinter

1780, from German Sinter, cognate with English cinder.

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