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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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 And carry this imagery straight to the earth’s core, connecting your own body to the fiery, molten layers, like so many tree rings. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 15-21," 13 Oct. 2018 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

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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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Kids Definition of molten

: melted especially by very great heat molten metal

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