mol·ten | \ˈmōl-tᵊn \

Definition of molten 

1 obsolete : made by melting and casting

2 : fused or liquefied by heat : melted molten lava

3 : having warmth or brilliance : glowing the molten sunlight of warm skies— T. B. Costain

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Meanwhile, nasu miso ($6) pairs blazing-hot, molten-core wedges of fried eggplant with a potent miso sauce — an excellent rendition, though better suited as a lead-in to heartier entrees rather than the delicate sushi. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has had it all over the past three weeks: molten rock shooting toward the sky, lava oozing from the ground and ash clouds rising miles into the air. Washington Post, "Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out ‘vog’," 29 May 2018 The thick, gooey, molten magma has shifted into a wider, hotter flowing river of lava traveling about 200 yards per hour. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Hundreds of Kilauea survivors seek FEMA help as volcano rages on," 19 June 2018 Squares of cheesy elbow macaroni are dropped into a hot skillet, creating a crispy and intensely cheesy exterior around an interior oozing sharp, molten cheese. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here are all the new fried chicken restaurants in Indianapolis," 6 July 2018 A few days ago, shortly before ground-breaking fissures began to appear within the Leilani Estates subdivision of homes on the east rift zone of Kilauea, a restless lake of molten lava partly filled the Halema’uma’u pit crater. Wendell Duffield, Scientific American, "How Kilauea’s Lava Invades Neighborhoods," 8 May 2018 The video focuses on the Big Island's coastline, where the encroaching lava spilling from Fissure 8 has turned the beach into a pile of molten rock and waste. Temi Adebowale, Popular Mechanics, "Dramatic Video Shows What the Kilauea Volcano Has Done to Hawaii's Coastline," 15 June 2018 One of Central America's most active volcanoes erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock Sunday, killing people and injuring many others while a towering cloud of smoke blanketed nearby villages in heavy ash. Sonia Osorio, miamiherald, "More than 1 million Guatemalans need help after volcanic eruption. Here's how to help.," 6 June 2018 Kilauea produces lava, or sticky, molten rock, that typically creeps along at maybe hundreds of meters per hour -- not nearly as fast as devastating pyroclastic flow. Holly Yan, CNN, "Why is Guatemala's volcanic eruption so much deadlier than Hawaii's?," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of molten

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for molten

Middle English, from past participle of melten to melt

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English Language Learners Definition of molten

: melted by heat


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: melted especially by very great heat molten metal

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