Origin of molten
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 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
verb melts, melting, melted, melted or molten (ˈməʊltən)
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with melt
- melt in one's mouth
- butter wouldn't melt