- Engineering, Electronics. a process that uses ions of an inert gas to dislodge atoms from the surface of a crystalline material, the atoms then being electrically deposited to form an extremely thin coating on a glass, metal, plastic, or other surface.
Origin of sputtering
- to make explosive popping or sizzling sounds.
- to emit particles, sparks, etc., forcibly or explosively, especially accompanied by sputtering sounds.
- to eject particles of saliva, food, etc., from the mouth in a light spray, as when speaking angrily or excitedly.
- to utter or spit out words or sounds explosively or incoherently, as when angry or flustered.
- to emit (anything) forcibly and in small particles, as if by spitting: The fire sputtered cinders.
- to eject (saliva, food, etc.) in small particles explosively and involuntarily, as in excitement.
- to utter explosively and incoherently.
Origin of sputter
Examples from the Web for sputtering
Contemporary Examples of sputtering
Sputtering, I manage a few “hut-hut-huts” with the other students.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
When he finally delivered his five lines, “my mouth had frozen, so this sputtering sort of came out,” Tambor says.Jeffrey Tambor Is One Helluva Woman: Inside His Phenomenal Turn in ‘Transparent’
September 24, 2014
But by next spring or summer, it may be someone else sputtering for excuses.Beware, Republicans: HealthCare.gov Will Rise Again
November 28, 2013
Even while sputtering out the most eye-rolling lines about his new love for the Kardashian family, he was remarkably pleasant.Kanye West Debuts Baby North During Ridiculous Interview With Kris Jenner
August 23, 2013
In 2008, the economy was already eight months into a deep recession; in 2011, the recovery was sputtering along in very low gear.Stock Market Ignores Washington Brinksmanship Due to Strong Economy
December 21, 2012
Historical Examples of sputtering
The whole face of the sea around the dock broke into a sort of sputtering.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Sputtering and choking for breath, Rawson came to the surface.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
His face was afire with the drink that he had taken, and his throat was guggling and sputtering.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
If you hear a sizzling and sputtering in your electric-light socket, what does it mean?Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
He woke with a start and looked into the sputtering glare of a torch.The Valor of Cappen Varra
Poul William Anderson
- another word for splutter (def. 1), splutter (def. 2), splutter (def. 3)
- 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
- to coat (a film of a metal) onto (a solid surface) by using this process
- the process or noise of sputtering
- incoherent stammering speech
- something that is ejected while sputtering
Word Origin for sputter
1590s, "to spit with explosive sounds," cognate with Dutch sputteren, West Frisian sputterje (see spout). Related: Sputtered; sputtering. The noun is attested from 1670s.