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.
- melrose abbey,
- melrose park,
- melt in one's mouth,
Origin of melt1
Origin of melt2
Examples from the Web for melt
While the beans are cooling and drying, melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Add chocolate and butter to the bowl and melt, stirring to combine.
Melt butter and marshmallow in big stock pot then add puffed rice cereal.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship|Harley Morenstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Friction between air and the weapon creates temperatures of up to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt steel.
Combined, those give the planet a year-round surface temperature hot enough to melt lead.What Does the Discovery of “Another Earth” Mean for Us?|Matthew R. Francis|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fence begins to melt as if in a haze and the logic of clearing this vast expanse of earth and rock escapes him.The Land of Look Behind|Paul Cameron Brown
"He will melt if you leave him on that shelf near the hot stove," went on the cook.The Story of a Candy Rabbit|Laura Lee Hope
Pack the roasting pieces, which you do not want soon, in a barrel of snow, and set it where it will not melt.The Young Housekeeper's Friend|Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
As these bergs float southward with the currents, they melt very rapidly.The Ocean and its Wonders|R.M. Ballantyne
Strain, melt butter in a saucepan, stir into it the flour, add strained water from the pan.My Pet Recipes, Tried and True|Various
verb melts, melting, melted, melted or molten (ˈməʊltən)
Word Origin for melt
Old English meltan "become liquid, consume by fire, burn up" (class III strong verb; past tense mealt, past participle molten), from Proto-Germanic *meltanan; fused with Old English gemæltan (Anglian), gemyltan (West Saxon) "make liquid," from Proto-Germanic *gamaltijanan (cf. Old Norse melta "to digest"), both from PIE *meldh-, (cf. Sanskrit mrduh "soft, mild," Greek meldein "to melt, make liquid," Latin mollis "soft, mild"), from root *mel- "soft," with derivatives referring to soft or softened (especially ground) materials (see mild). Figurative use by c.1200. Related: Melted; melting.
Of food, to melt in (one's) mouth is from 1690s. Melting pot is from 1540s; figurative use from 1855; popularized with reference to America by play "The Melting Pot" by Israel Zangwill (1908).
1854, "molten metal," from melt (v.). In reference to a type of sandwich topped by melted cheese, 1980, American English.
In addition to the idiom beginning with melt
- melt in one's mouth
- butter wouldn't melt