sputter

[ spuht-er ]
/ ˈspʌt ər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

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Origin of sputter

1590–1600; sput- (variant of spout) + -er6; cognate with Dutch sputteren

OTHER WORDS FROM sputter

sput·ter·er, nounsput·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sputter

sputter
/ (ˈspʌtə) /

verb

physics
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which atoms of a solid are removed from its surface by the impact of high-energy ions, as in a discharge tube
  2. to coat (a film of a metal) onto (a solid surface) by using this process

noun

the process or noise of sputtering
incoherent stammering speech
something that is ejected while sputtering

Derived forms of sputter

sputterer, noun

Word Origin for sputter

C16: from Dutch sputteren, of imitative origin
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