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 Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 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, "Serbia Hails Chinese Companies as Saviors, but Locals Chafe at Costs," 27 Mar. 2021 Zhu, a 44-year-old smelter at the city's state-run iron and steel works, is well outside the mainstream in China. Dake Kang, Star Tribune, "Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever," 23 Jan. 2021 My grandfather was born in New Mexico to a father who worked at a smelter. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "The Myth of the Latino Vote and What Newsrooms Must Learn From 2020," 10 Nov. 2011 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

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First Known Use of smelter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2021

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“Smelter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smelter

: a machine used for smelting metal

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