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.
Origin of melt1
Synonyms for melt
Examples from the Web for melting
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of melting
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
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