Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

smelt

1
[smelt]
See more synonyms for smelt on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object)
  1. to fuse or melt (ore) in order to separate the metal contained.
  2. to obtain or refine (metal) in this way.
Show More

Origin of smelt

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

smelt

3
[smelt]
verb
  1. a simple past tense and past participle of smell.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for smelting

synthesis, blend, amalgam, blending, thaw, disintegrate, evaporate, soften, heat, warm, fade, vanish, disappear, weld, merge, melt, coalesce, combine, integrate, mingle

Examples from the Web for smelting

Contemporary Examples of smelting

Historical Examples of smelting


British Dictionary definitions for smelting

smelt

1
verb
  1. (tr) to extract (a metal) from (an ore) by heating
Show More

Word Origin for smelt

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

smelt

2
noun plural smelt or smelts
  1. 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
Show More

Word Origin for smelt

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

smelt

3
verb
  1. a past tense and past participle of smell
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for smelting

smelt

v.

mid-15c. (implied in smelter), from Dutch or Low German smelten, from Proto-Germanic *smelt- (cf. Old High German smelzan, German schmelzen "to melt"), from PIE *smeld-, variant of *mel- "soft." Thus the word is from a variant of the stem of Old English meltan "to melt" (see melt (v.)). Related: Smelted; smelting.

Show More

smelt

n.

Old English smelt "sardine, small salmon-like sea fish," cognate with Dutch smelt "sand eel," Danish smelt (c.1600). OED notes that it has a peculiar odor (but doesn't suggest a connection with smell); Klein suggests a connection with the way the fish melts in one's mouth. Century Dictionary speculates it means "smooth" and compares Old English smeolt, smylt "serene, smooth."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

smelting in Science

smelt

[smĕlt]
  1. 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.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.