smelt·​er ˈsmel-tər How to pronounce smelter (audio)
: one that smelts:
: a worker who smelts ore
: an owner or operator of a smeltery
or smeltery : an establishment for smelting

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Related:Decades after closure of lead smelter, voices rise against other West Dallas polluters Future proposals to further regulate asphalt and concrete batch plants are on the table, said Julia Ryan, Dallas’ planning and urban design director. Dallas News, 15 Feb. 2022 These grains precipitated downwind of an unregulated, smoke-belching copper smelter. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Industrial manufacturing and its environmental impacts have deep roots in West Dallas, including with a major lead smelter plant based there from the 1930s to the 1980s that produced high levels of lead found in children living near the plants. Dallas News, 6 July 2022 Century Aluminum Company's smelter in Hawesville, Ky. was temporarily shut down in June. Phil Mckenna, NBC News, 6 Dec. 2022 Alcoa, a global aluminum products producer, is cutting a third of production at its smelter in Norway. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2022 Gas, however, remains the key fuel for many of its processes and cannot be replaced in the short term, including for some of the work at its Hamburg smelter where more than 2,000 workers produce wires, cathodes and precious metals. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 10 July 2022 Totten Mine is part of the company’s century-long presence in Sudbury that includes five mines, a mill, a smelter and a refinery that produce nearly 65,000 metric tons of nickel a year. Téa Kvetenadze, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Saskia Duyvesteyn, chief adviser for research and development for copper at Rio Tinto, said Kennecott’s smelter produces 99% pure copper that goes to its refinery to be further refined to 99.99% purity. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smelter was in the 15th century

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“Smelter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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smelt·​er ˈsmel-tər How to pronounce smelter (audio)
: a person whose work or business is smelting
or smeltery
: an establishment for smelting
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