smelt

1
[ smelt ]
/ smɛlt /

verb (used with object)

to fuse or melt (ore) in order to separate the metal contained.
to obtain or refine (metal) in this way.

Nearby words

  1. smeller,
  2. smellies,
  3. smelling bottle,
  4. smelling salts,
  5. smelly,
  6. smelter,
  7. smeltery,
  8. smelting,
  9. smersh,
  10. smetana

Origin of smelt

1
1535–45; probably < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German smelten; cognate with German schmelzen to melt1, smelt

smelt

3
[ smelt ]
/ smɛlt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of smell.
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British Dictionary definitions for smelting

smelt

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/ (smɛlt) /

verb

(tr) to extract (a metal) from (an ore) by heating

Word Origin for smelt

C15: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch smelten; related to Old High German smelzan to melt

smelt

2
/ (smɛlt) /

noun plural smelt or smelts

any marine or freshwater salmonoid food fish of the family Osmeridae, such as Osmerus eperlanus of Europe, having a long silvery body and occurring in temperate and cold northern waters

Word Origin for smelt

Old English smylt; related to Dutch, Danish smelt, Norwegian smelta, German Schmelz

smelt

3
/ (smɛlt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of smell
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Word Origin and History for smelting
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Science definitions for smelting

smelt

[ smĕlt ]

To melt ores in order to extract the metals they contain. Oxide ores, such as iron ore, are smelted with carbon, which serves as a fuel and changes the ore into a reduced metal.
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