smelt

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[ 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.

Origin of smelt

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

Definition for smelting (2 of 2)

smelt3
[ smelt ]
/ smɛlt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of smell.
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British Dictionary definitions for smelting (1 of 3)

smelt1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for smelting (2 of 3)

smelt2
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for smelting (3 of 3)

smelt3
/ (smɛlt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of smell
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Scientific 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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