Also found in: Thesaurus.


v. sput·tered, sput·ter·ing, sput·ters
1. To spit out or spray particles of saliva or food from the mouth in noisy bursts.
2. To spit out words or sounds in an excited or confused manner.
3. To make sporadic spitting or popping sounds: The fire sputtered and died.
4. Physics To cause the atoms of a solid to be removed from the surface by bombardment with atoms in a discharge tube.
1. To eject in short bursts with spitting or popping sounds.
2. To utter in an excited or confused manner.
3. Physics To coat (a solid surface) with metal atoms by sputtering.
1. The act or sound of sputtering.
2. Matter emitted in sputtering.
3. Excited or confused utterance.

[Probably of Low German origin; akin to Dutch sputteren.]

sput′ter·er n.
sput′ter·y adj.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Dried specimens were then attached to aluminum stubs with double-faced conductive adhesive tape, and were gold-sputtered with a Balzers SCD/050 sputterer.
After coating with gold by using a vacuum sputterer, they were ready for the SEM characterization.
A large aluminum pot half full of water is wired to audio equipment in Sputterer, 1999, the Rabelaisian sound of the artist and his wife growling and blowing raspberries causing its contents to roil.