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Meaning of sputtering

sput•ter•ing

Pronunciation: (sput'ur-ing), [key]
  1. a process that uses ions of an inert gas to dislodge atoms from the surface of a crystalline material, the atoms then being electrically deposited to form an extremely thin coating on a glass, metal, plastic, or other surface.
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