smelting (plural smeltings)
- (metallurgy) The process of melting or fusion, especially to extract a metal from its ore.
2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion:
- Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.
process of melting or fusion, especially to extract a metal from its ore