What does sputtering mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term sputtering:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spatter, spattering, splatter, splattering, sputter, splutter, sputtering(noun)

    the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

    "he heard a spatter of gunfire"


  1. sputtering(Noun)

    A noise that sputters.

  2. sputtering(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sputtering

    of Sputter


  1. Sputtering

    Sputtering is a process whereby atoms are ejected from a solid target material due to bombardment of the target by energetic particles. It only happens when the kinetic energy of the incoming particles is much higher than conventional thermal energies. This process can lead, during prolonged ion or plasma bombardment of a material, to significant erosion of materials, and can thus be harmful. On the other hand, it is commonly utilized for thin-film deposition, etching and analytical techniques.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sputtering in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sputtering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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