melt·​ing | \ ˈmel-tiŋ How to pronounce melting (audio) \

Definition of melting

: tender, delicate a love song's melting lyric … he impressed me with a melting performance of Paola Prestini's "Prelude and Aria" (from her opera "Gilgamesh") with the American Composers Orchestra.The New York Times Updike's manner of appreciation is softer, more murmurous, more a matter of sighs and attentive ahhhs, but before his tone can turn too melting he pulls himself up and fixes the writer with an arresting phrase or judgment.— James Wolcott

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Other Words from melting

meltingly adverb
meltingly tender berries … — Elaine Johnson It was a little plane, with the usual meltingly beautiful air hostess. — Doris Lessing Phil Masi looked at him meltingly. "Oh gosh, Senator, I'd follow you anywhere." — Wilfrid Sheed The kitchen does justice to its prime ingredients. Careful braising makes for moist, meltingly tender rabbit that soaks up its sauce like a sponge. — William Grimes

Examples of melting in a Sentence

a love song's melting lyrics She looked at him with melting eyes.

First Known Use of melting

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of melting was in 1565

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“Melting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of melting

: having a quality that causes gentle feelings of love, sympathy, etc.

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