• synonyms


  1. zinc, especially in the form of ingots.
Show More

Origin of spelter

1655–65; origin uncertain; akin to Middle Dutch speauter, German spiauter spelter
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for spelter

Historical Examples

  • Soldering at a red heat by means of spelter is called brazing.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • Swansea has almost a monopoly of the manufacture of spelter or zinc.

  • The buggy had pulled up close to a rough, broken, blistered cone of spelter stuff between ten and twenty feet high.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Before the war these four countries with the United States produced over nine-tenths of the world's spelter.

  • The borax is generally powdered and mixed with the spelter, and both with water.

British Dictionary definitions for spelter


  1. impure zinc, usually containing about 3 per cent of lead and other impurities
Show More

Word Origin

C17: probably from Middle Dutch speauter, of obscure origin; compare Old French peautre pewter, Italian peltro pewter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012