melt

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verb (used without object), melt·ed, melt·ed or mol·ten, melt·ing.

verb (used with object), melt·ed, melt·ed or mol·ten, melt·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. melotia,
  2. melpomene,
  3. melrose,
  4. melrose abbey,
  5. melrose park,
  6. melt in one's mouth,
  7. meltage,
  8. meltdown,
  9. meltemi,
  10. melter

Origin of melt

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before 900; Middle English melten, Old English meltan (intransitive), m(i)elten (transitive) to melt, digest; cognate with Old Norse melta to digest, Greek méldein to melt

SYNONYMS FOR melt
1. Melt, dissolve, fuse, thaw imply reducing a solid substance to a liquid state. To melt is to bring a solid to a liquid condition by the agency of heat: to melt butter. Dissolve, though sometimes used interchangeably with melt, applies to a different process, depending upon the fact that certain solids, placed in certain liquids, distribute their particles throughout the liquids: A greater number of solids can be dissolved in water and in alcohol than in any other liquids. To fuse is to subject a solid (usually a metal) to a very high temperature; it applies especially to melting or blending metals together: Bell metal is made by fusing copper and tin. To thaw is to restore a frozen substance to its normal (liquid, semiliquid, or more soft and pliable) state by raising its temperature above the freezing point: Sunshine will thaw ice in a lake. 4. dwindle. 10. gentle, mollify, relax.

Related forms
Can be confusedevanescence evaporation liquefaction melting thawing transpiration vaporization

melt

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[melt]

noun

the spleen, especially that of a cow, pig, etc.
Also milt.

Origin of melt

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First recorded in 1575–85; variant of milt

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British Dictionary definitions for melt

melt

verb melts, melting, melted, melted or molten (ˈməʊltən)

to liquefy (a solid) or (of a solid) to become liquefied, as a result of the action of heat
to become or make liquid; dissolvecakes that melt in the mouth
(often foll by away) to disappear; fade
(foll by down) to melt (metal scrap) for reuse
(often foll by into) to blend or cause to blend gradually
to make or become emotional or sentimental; soften

noun

the act or process of melting
something melted or an amount melted
Derived Forms

Word Origin for melt

Old English meltan to digest; related to Old Norse melta to malt (beer), digest, Greek meldein to melt

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Word Origin and History for melt
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Science definitions for melt

melt

[mĕlt]

To change from a solid to a liquid state by heating or being heated with sufficient energy at the melting point. See also heat of fusion.
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Idioms and Phrases with melt

melt

In addition to the idiom beginning with melt

  • melt in one's mouth

also see:

  • butter wouldn't melt
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