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 smelter (audio) \ : an establishment for smelting

Examples of smelter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This story demonstrates for the first time how the company and government regulators mishandled another dangerous chemical inside Florida’s only lead smelter. Rebecca Woolington,, 25 Sep. 2021 Luis Sepulveda was also active in the fight against an RSR Corporation lead smelter that operated in West Dallas for almost five decades. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2021 But in 2008, Alcoa closed the mine and smelter, eliminating 1,200 jobs, and in 2018 the firm’s power plant was shut down, adding to those job losses. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 But the lead smelter’s legacy informs current efforts to address air quality in the area. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2021 In their eyes, the area’s great tragedy was the shutdown, in 1996, of the Magma Copper smelter, which produced arsenic dust that wafted over the streets of the nearby town of Superior but paid twenty-one dollars per hour, plus insurance. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 23 July 2021 For 50 years, Rockdale, with a population of about 5,600, was a company town, with hundreds of jobs at Alcoa’s nearby coal mine and aluminum smelter. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. Longreads, 12 Mar. 2021 In 2018, the company, the Zijin Mining Group, took control of a money-losing copper smelter in the nearby city of Bor and began blasting away in the nearby hills in search of copper and gold. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of smelter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Smelter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smelter

: a machine used for smelting metal


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