smelt·​er | \ ˈsmel-tər How to pronounce smelter (audio) \

Definition of smelter

: one that smelts:
a : a worker who smelts ore
b : an owner or operator of a smeltery
c or smeltery \ ˈsmel-​t(ə-​)rē How to pronounce smeltery (audio) \ : an establishment for smelting

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Through the past decade, Liberty House bought up industrial assets in Britain, including Scotland’s last aluminum smelter and the hydroelectric station used to power it. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "British Metals Magnate Bets on American Steel, Prepares U.S. Listing," 3 Dec. 2018 The tariffs raise prices for aluminum, which helps smelters, the companies that make raw aluminum here. New York Times, "How Trump’s Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help," 4 July 2018 That includes Alcoa, which operates a major smelter in Ferndale, Skagit County, that in 2013 generated more than 1 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions included in the state’s annual total. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Who would pay a state carbon fee on November ballot, and who gets a pass?," 17 Sep. 2018 The aluminum smelter was opened 10 years later to feed off the plant’s power. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Echo Through Russian Factory Towns," 2 July 2018 However, only a handful of smelters still operate in the United States. New York Times, "How Trump’s Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help," 4 July 2018 But instead of building refineries and smelters, many mining firms simply shut up shop. The Economist, "Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking," 21 June 2018 Elysis will develop and license the technology so it can be used to retrofit existing smelters or build new facilities, the companies said. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Apple tries to reduce emissions from making iPhones with green aluminum venture," 10 May 2018 Online orders from customers across the West will leave from the site in a Troutdale industrial park that once housed a Reynolds aluminum smelter. Mike Rogoway,, "Amazon will begin hiring this summer to fill 1,500 Troutdale jobs," 25 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smelter

: a machine used for smelting metal

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