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sputter out

1. Of a motor or engine, to emit a series of irregular, erratic popping or spitting sounds before shutting off. I got the lawnmower running, but it sputtered out before too long. The car started sputtering out while we were in the middle of the highway.
2. Of a flame, to be extinguished after emitting a few final puffs of fire. The candles all sputtered out as the breeze blew through the house. The campfire sputtered out as the rain intensified.
3. Of an action, intention, plan, etc., to gradually decrease or weaken in intensity, enthusiasm, or activity before failing or ceasing altogether. It seems like their plans to get into smartphone app development is beginning to sputter out. No, I don't have a back-up plan—I didn't expect this idea to sputter out so fast. Unfortunately, consumers' enthusiasm for our project sputtered out after we ran into so many delays.
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sputter something out

to utter something while stuttering or faltering. (As when one is physically or mentally disoriented.) She was so excited she could hardly sputter her name out. He could only sputter out a few words.
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sputter out

[for a flame] to go out in little puffs. The candle flame flickered and sputtered out. The fire sputtered out after midnight and we all got very cold before down.
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sputter out

v.
To make irregular spitting or popping sounds and gradually stop functioning: The motor emitted a puff of smoke and sputtered out.
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The sputter coating has a wide range of applications in different sectors such as medical, aerospace, automobile, optics, electronics, and energy for thin film deposition, etching of targets and surface treatments.
A special version -- the RQ Jade Maximus Disk Analyzer -- accepts the large, heavy targets (305 mm or 12 inch diameter by 10 mm thick, weighing up to 10 kg) that are used to sputter thin-film materials as used in for instance the hard disk industry.
5) The most commonly used technique in PVD technology is sputter coating.
Sputter Coating: Vacuum deposition process in which the coating material is knocked from a solid "target" atom by atom by means of ion bombardment.
We'll sputter, but we can't do it the first five series.
The nonwoven samples were ultrasonically cleaned in ethanol and distilled water before the sputter coatings were applied.
The problem with such materials is that they inevitably contain internal surface areas and voids that increase the out-gassing of adsorbed impurities and sometimes also result in ejection of poorly bonded macroparticles that break loose upon being uncovered by sputter erosion.
And, while any such sputter begins in America's sports arenas and on its couches, it quickly spreads to Madison Avenue, forcing the NBA's power brokers to address issues about the game's integrity and marketability.
Abstract Nanostructured silver films of different thicknesses were deposited on surfaces of polypropylene nonwovens by magnetron sputter coating to obtain antibacterial and electrical conductive properties.
Typical sputter targets are composed of 50:50 Ti:Al, and the amount of nitrogen is varied.
NEXX Systems- a leading provider of advanced wafer-level chip scale packaging equipment, headquartered in the Boston area - today announced a repeat sputter tool order for an Apollo physical vapor deposition system to an emerging leader in flip chip manufacturing at their wafer bumping facility in China.
TABLE 164 GLOBAL FORECAST--OPTICAL COATINGS: SPUTTER COATED AREA BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2012 (MILLION M2)
The system should consist of 5-6 sample holder positions for sputter deposition including 4 single 3 inch magnetron guns with 4 DC + 2 RF power supplies and 1 confocal cluster with 4 magnetrons for 2 inch targets each, with 4 DC and 2 RF power supplies, one optional spare deposition position for later upgrades.
Specimens are sputter etched from both sides by the two ion guns at 1-15mu m/hr, depending on the materials, down to a thickness of 50 nm or less.
Specimens are sputter etched from both sides by the two ion guns at 1-15 [[micro]meter]/hr, depending on the materials, down to a thickness of 50 nm or less.