sin·​ter ˈsin-tər How to pronounce sinter (audio)
sintered; sintering; sinters

transitive verb

: to cause to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
sinter noun
sinterability noun

Examples of sinter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The material is made of a high-metal-load, low-melting-point paste, which is sintered into a thermoplastic scaffold. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Aug. 2021 The print is made with a powdered substance, which afterward goes through a process called sintering. Mark Gurman, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2023 The finished magnets can be small slivers, no thicker than a dollar bill for an iPhone speaker, or formed into large wedges and sintered together to create the magnets used in wind turbines. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 The final step involved sintering the onggi inside a kiln for a day before it was cooled down. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Apr. 2023 The parts start life as aluminum alloy powder, which is built up in layers, and lasers are used to sinter it together. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 6 Oct. 2022 Sungwoo Lim, a physicist at the Open University, based in England, has published research describing how to use microwaves to sinter lunar regolith. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, 22 Oct. 2020 The company worked with Boston studio Nervous System to design the midsole, which is laser sintered from a TPU elastomer from 3-D Systems. Liz Stinson, WIRED, 14 Apr. 2016

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Word History


German Sinter slag, cinder, from Old High German sintar — more at cinder

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of sinter was in 1871

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“Sinter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
sin·​ter ˈsint-ər How to pronounce sinter (audio)
: to cause to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
the binding of sintered hydroxyapatite with bone

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