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melt

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verb \ˈmelt\

Simple Definition of melt

  • : to change or to cause (something) to change from a solid to a liquid usually because of heat

  • : to gradually become less or go away

  • : to begin to have feelings of love, kindness, sympathy, etc.

Full Definition of melt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become altered from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat

  3. 2 a :  dissolve, disintegrate <the sugar melted in the coffee> b :  to disappear as if by dissolving <her anger melted at his kind words>

  4. 3 obsolete :  to become subdued or crushed (as by sorrow)

  5. 4 :  to become mild, tender, or gentle

  6. 5 :  to lose outline or distinctness :  blend

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to reduce from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat

  9. 2 :  to cause to disappear or disperse

  10. 3 :  to make tender or gentle :  soften

melt·abil·i·ty play \ˌmel-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
melt·able play \ˈmel-tə-bəl\ adjective
melt·er noun

Examples of melt

  1. The butter melted in the frying pan.

  2. The snow is finally melting.

  3. She melted butter in the frying pan.

  4. a tablespoon of melted butter

  5. Their determination melted in the face of opposition.

  6. She melted at his kindly words.

  7. Her heart melted with compassion.



Origin of melt

Middle English, from Old English meltan; akin to Old Norse melta to digest, Greek meldein to melt — more at mollify


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with melt


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melt

noun

Definition of melt

  1. 1 a :  material in the molten state b :  the mass melted at a single operation or the quantity melted during a specified period

  2. 2 a :  the action or process of melting or the period during which it occurs <the spring melt> b :  the condition of being melted

  3. 3 :  a sandwich with melted cheese <a tuna melt>



1847

First Known Use of melt

1847


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melt

noun

Definition of melt

  1. :  spleen; especially :  spleen of slaughtered animals for use as feed or food



Origin of melt

Middle English milte, from Old English; akin to Old High German miltzi spleen


First Known Use: before 12th century



MELT Defined for Kids

melt

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verb \ˈmelt\

Definition of melt

melt·edmelt·ing

  1. 1 :  to change from a solid to a liquid usually through the action of heat <Snow melts.> <I'm melting butter.>

  2. 2 :  to grow less :  disappear <Clouds melted away.>

  3. 3 :  to make or become gentle :  soften <The kittens melted her heart.>

  4. 4 :  to lose clear outline <“Yes, I know,” said the Fox, melting into the bushes. — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>





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