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 The smelter featured more than a dozen potrooms, each a few hundred yards long. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 Daily pricing matters to the miners, smelters and manufacturers who produce or consume the metals being traded. The Economist, "The LME is Europe’s only surviving “open outcry” venue," 1 Aug. 2019 The cathode manufacturing process is pictured inside a plant at the copper smelter of Codelco Ventanas in Chile in 2015. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Weaker Dollar Lifts Copper Despite Renewed Trade Angst," 17 Sep. 2018 Coinmint started operating at an old Alcoa smelter, promising 150 jobs in the first 18 months, according to a Coinmint statement. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 No wonder the old Denver and Rio Grande Railroad laid tracks through the Animas Valley to bring ore from Silverton to Durango, where smelters, with easy access to coal and water, retrieved the precious metals. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019 Next it would be trucked out to a smelter, likely in another country. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 An overhead cobweb of ultra-high-voltage power lines connects the power stations to the city’s voracious aluminum smelters. Keith Bradsher And Ailin Tang, New York Times, "Trump Condemns Chinese Factories. China Is Already Closing Some.," 13 Mar. 2018 But Alcoa’s heavy reliance on aluminum from foreign smelters, particularly those based in Canada, has limited its ability to benefit from the tariffs. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Alcoa Raises Profit Outlook as Tariffs Lift Aluminum Prices," 17 Oct. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smelter

: a machine used for smelting metal

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