- a past participle of melt1.
- liquefied by heat; in a state of fusion; melted: molten lead.
- produced by melting and casting: a molten image.
Origin of molten
- 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
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Examples from the Web for molten
Contemporary Examples of molten
There is no better thing on a Sunday afternoon than a fruity, molten, crunchy crumble.The Barefoot Contessa Knows How To Make Us Crumble
November 30, 2014
The moist rectangle of cooked meat and molten blob of cheese are then layered in a hard roll.The Real Cheeseburger Paradise
Jane & Michael Stern
June 22, 2014
When Earth first formed, its surface was molten, so there are no rocks for us to study from that era.The Moon’s Been Lying About Its Age
Matthew R. Francis
June 15, 2014
In another clip, an angel made from what appears to be molten lava crawls out of the earth.The Genesis of Noah's Art Show
March 7, 2014
Lest you forget our planet has a molten core, this volatile Italian isle will set you straight.It’s a Big, Big World: Sights That Make You Feel Small
December 24, 2013
Historical Examples of molten
In a moment the cast drops like a breath on the molten silver.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Where it had been was only blackness and the dying glow of molten rock.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
He felt it slipping down into his empty stomach, like a steam of molten lead.The Fat and the Thin
These are mixed while in a molten condition, and are then allowed to cool.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
His black hair, with the sunset full upon it, was like molten bronze.The Forbidden Trail
- liquefied; meltedmolten lead
- made by having been meltedmolten casts
- the past participle of melt
- 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 for melt
late 13c., from archaic past participle of Old English meltian, a class III strong verb (see melt (v.)).
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with melt
- melt in one's mouth
- butter wouldn't melt