smelt·​er | \ˈsmel-tər \

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 \ : an establishment for smelting

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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 Meanwhile, Greitens took no questions from reporters Friday at a New Madrid County announcement of a new aluminum smelter. Washington Post, "Husband of woman who had affair with Greitens testifies," 11 Mar. 2018 Since the 1990s, researchers have realized that the lead pollution produced by smelters across the Empire drifted 2,800 miles and left traces in peat bogs in Scotland and the Faroe Islands and in ice cores from Greenland’s ice cap. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Greenland’s Ice Provides a Year-By-Year Account of the Roman Empire’s Economy," 16 May 2018 The ingots that emerged from the smelter were more uniform, stronger, and less brittle–the best steel that Europe, and perhaps the world, had ever seen. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a machine used for smelting metal

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