- to become liquefied by warmth or heat, as ice, snow, butter, or metal.
- to become liquid; dissolve: Let the cough drop melt in your mouth.
- to pass, dwindle, or fade gradually (often followed by away): His fortune slowly melted away.
- to pass, change, or blend gradually (often followed by into): Night melted into day.
- to become softened in feeling by pity, sympathy, love, or the like: The tyrant's heart would not melt.
- Obsolete. to be subdued or overwhelmed by sorrow, dismay, etc.
- to reduce to a liquid state by warmth or heat; fuse: Fire melts ice.
- to cause to pass away or fade.
- to cause to pass, change, or blend gradually.
- to soften in feeling, as a person or the heart.
- the act or process of melting; state of being melted.
- something that is melted.
- a quantity melted at one time.
- a sandwich or other dish topped with melted cheese: a tuna melt.
Origin of melt1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for melt on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for melting
Alastair Sim had jowls like melting candle wax, a snarl like a cornered cat and eyes cold with contempt.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Idris Elba has, in the eyes of many, reached the melting point.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle
December 6, 2014
It's often said that America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic
The Daily Beast Video
November 24, 2014
The glaciers are melting because snowfall is decreasing and temperatures are rising—bad news for wolverines.Who Will Save the Wolverine? Not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
July 20, 2014
He would then jam a dozen bottles of champagne into the melting blue iceberg and invite everybody in his phone book.When Downtown Was Cool: Mario Batali, Simon Doonan, Wynton Marsalis Remember the Good Old Days
The Daily Beast
April 10, 2014
Gypsy showed signs of melting, whinnying softly and forgivingly.In the Midst of Alarms
The sun was now well up in the sky, and the snow was melting.In the Valley
For many months of the year the only water they have is obtained by melting snow or ice.The Long Labrador Trail
The mist was melting into a yellowish drizzle, befouling the muddy streets.His Masterpiece
The heat was melting the snow on her hair and clothes, and she was dripping.L'Assommoir
- 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
- the act or process of melting
- something melted or an amount melted
Word Origin and History for melting
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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with melting
In addition to the idiom beginning with melt
- melt in one's mouth
- butter wouldn't melt