[ spuht-er-ing ]
/ ˈspʌt ər ɪŋ /


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

First recorded in 1900–05; sputter + -ing1
Related formsun·sput·ter·ing, adjective

Definition for sputtering (2 of 2)


[ spuht-er ]
/ ˈspʌt ər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Origin of sputter

1590–1600; sput- (variant of spout) + -er6; cognate with Dutch sputteren
Related formssput·ter·er, nounsput·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sputtering


/ (ˈspʌtə) /


  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


the process or noise of sputtering
incoherent stammering speech
something that is ejected while sputtering
Derived Formssputterer, noun

Word Origin for sputter

C16: from Dutch sputteren, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for sputtering



1590s, "to spit with explosive sounds," cognate with Dutch sputteren, West Frisian sputterje (see spout). Related: Sputtered; sputtering. The noun is attested from 1670s.

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