molten

adjective
mol·​ten | \ ˈmōl-tᵊn How to pronounce molten (audio) \

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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Beneath Indonesia, plates are colliding, forcing one beneath the other and in the process melting the plates and sending molten magma toward the surface. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Indonesia’s Volatile Child of Krakatau Collapsed, but Now It’s More Explosive," 29 Dec. 2018 In nature, a whole range of geologic reactions can result when molten rock and water meet. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Blew Up Lava in a Backyard Volcano to Unlock the Secrets of the Most Violent Eruptions," 11 Dec. 2018 From the widening gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot dozens of feet in the air. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pele’s the boss’: Hawaiians ride out uncertainty as lava devours more Big Island homes," 8 May 2018 From the widening gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot dozens of feet in the air. Amy B Wang, chicagotribune.com, "'This is heartbreaking': Lava burns more homes on Hawaii's Big Island as new fissures form," 7 May 2018 From the gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot as high as 80 to 100 feet in the air. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "'Fast-moving situation': Lava shoots through Hawaii neighborhood," 6 May 2018 From the gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot as high as 80 to 100 feet in the air. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "‘A very fast-moving situation’: Lava shoots through Hawaii neighborhood as new fissures form," 6 May 2018 And there were tiny bits of glass, too—molten rock that has been cooled almost instantly. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice," 18 Nov. 2018 Armed with four terrific recipes, I was left with the eternal question: Stuff the bird or cook the stuffing separately? Stuffing that is stuffed is rarely crisp; its appeal is its soft, molten texture. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Everyone’s Secret-Favorite Thanksgiving Dish," 8 Nov. 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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molten

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of molten

: melted by heat

molten

adjective
mol·​ten | \ ˈmōl-tᵊn How to pronounce molten (audio) \

Kids Definition of molten

: melted especially by very great heat molten metal

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