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

Examples of smelter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edgar’s father was an engineer at a zinc smelter and his mother was a homemaker and a loving presence. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Behind a father-and-son protest, a history of laughter and struggle," 3 Sep. 2020 Caliche, sage, sulphur from the smelter, wood fires from Mexican shacks by the Rio Grande. Longreads, "10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2020," 9 Jan. 2016 Australian newspapers have reported the smelter has accepted gold from a Papua New Guinea company called Golden Valley, that is known to buy gold from artisanal mines in that country which use child labor. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Gold is booming during Covid-19. Smuggling is too.," 10 July 2020 Aluminum smelter workers do have a higher risk of cancer, but this is due to exposure to other chemicals not aluminum. Vincent Gabrielle, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Exposure to aluminum through food does not cause neural issues or cancer," 23 June 2020 Alcoa, the top U.S. aluminum producer, in April cut the remaining capacity at its smelter in Ferndale, Washington. Joe Deaux,, "U.S. Poised to Slap 10% Tariff Again on Aluminum From Canada," 23 June 2020 Then the trucks motor up the mountain toward belching smelters - the culprit, researchers say, behind arsenic levels in Dachang's dust reaching more than 100 times the government limit. Anchorage Daily News, "Chinese metal mines feed global demand for gadgets and poison China’s poorest regions," 30 Dec. 2019 The smelter stands next to the town of Hayden, which has a population of about 600 people, and near the smaller town of Winkelman. Ian James, azcentral, "EPA fines mining company for failing to control dust at Arizona copper smelter," 19 Mar. 2020 Federal environmental regulators have fined the mining company Asarco for failing to do enough to control hazardous dust at its copper smelter in southeastern Arizona. Ian James, azcentral, "EPA fines mining company for failing to control dust at Arizona copper smelter," 19 Mar. 2020

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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. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smelter

: a machine used for smelting metal

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