verb \ˈmelt\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to become altered from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat
a :  dissolve, disintegrate <the sugar melted in the coffee>
b :  to disappear as if by dissolving <her anger melted at his kind words>
obsolete :  to become subdued or crushed (as by sorrow)
:  to become mild, tender, or gentle
:  to lose outline or distinctness :  blend
transitive verb
:  to reduce from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat
:  to cause to disappear or disperse
:  to make tender or gentle :  soften
melt·abil·i·ty \ˌmel-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
melt·able \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



Definition of MELT

a :  material in the molten state
b :  the mass melted at a single operation or the quantity melted during a specified period
a :  the action or process of melting or the period during which it occurs <the spring melt>
b :  the condition of being melted
:  a sandwich with melted cheese <a tuna melt>

First Known Use of MELT




Definition of MELT

:  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


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