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melt

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verb \ ˈmelt \

Definition of melt

intransitive verb
1 :to become altered from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat
2 a :dissolve, disintegrate
  • the sugar melted in the coffee
b :to disappear as if by dissolving
  • her anger melted at his kind words
3 obsolete :to become subdued or crushed (as by sorrow)
4 :to become mild, tender, or gentle
5 :to lose outline or distinctness :blend
transitive verb
1 :to reduce from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat
2 :to cause to disappear or disperse
3 :to make tender or gentle :soften

meltability

play \ˌmel-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

meltable

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melter

noun

Examples of melt in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of melt

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

melt Synonyms

Synonyms
dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, go (away), disappear, sink, vanish
Antonyms
appear, materialize
Related Words
blank (out), clear, die (away or down or out), disperse, dissipate, dissolve, dry up; blur, dim
Near Antonyms
arrive, break out, come out, emerge, issue, loom, show up

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melt

noun

Definition of melt

1 a :material in the molten state
b :the mass melted at a single operation or the quantity melted during a specified period
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 :a sandwich with melted cheese
  • a tuna melt

First Known Use of melt

1847


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melt

noun

Definition of melt

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

Origin and Etymology of melt

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



MELT Defined for English Language Learners

melt

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Definition of melt for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


MELT Defined for Kids

melt

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verb \ ˈmelt \

Definition of melt for Students

melted; melting
1 :to change from a solid to a liquid usually through the action of heat
  • Snow melts.
  • I'm melting butter.
2 :to grow less :disappear
  • Clouds melted away.
3 :to make or become gentle :soften
  • The kittens melted her heart.
4 :to lose clear outline
  • “Yes, I know,” said the Fox, melting into the bushes.
  • —Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill


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