sputtering

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Verb[edit]

sputtering

  1. Present participle of sputter.

Noun[edit]

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sputtering (plural sputterings)

  1. A noise that sputters.
    • 2009 April 11, Anthony Tommasini, “Moving on, a Music Director Leaves an Imprint, and a New Hall”, New York Times:
      The women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, seated in the rows where the first violins are typically located, contributed an array of haunting vocal sounds: hushed hums, sustained high tones, sputterings and more.
  2. The ejection of atoms from the surface of a solid or liquid following bombardment with ions, atoms or molecules; used to prepare a thin layer of material on an object.