smelt

noun
\ ˈsmelt How to pronounce smelt (audio) \
plural smelts or smelt

Definition of smelt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of a family (Osmeridae) of small bony fishes that closely resemble the trouts in general structure, live along coasts and ascend rivers to spawn or are landlocked, and have delicate oily flesh with a distinctive odor and taste

smelt

verb
smelted; smelting; smelts

Definition of smelt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to melt or fuse (a substance, such as ore) often with an accompanying chemical change usually to separate the metal

smelt

Definition of smelt (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly British past participle of smell entry 1

Examples of smelt in a Sentence

Verb the process used for smelting iron ore
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But from a practical angling perspective, tomcod, like smelt, belong to the past. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, "10 Great East Coast Fisheries That No Longer Exist," 10 Feb. 2020 No license is required, but dippers are allowed only 10 pounds of smelt each; approximately one quarter of a five-gallon bucket. oregonlive, "Second smelt-dipnet season added for lower Cowlitz River," 22 Feb. 2020 Biologists say the nearly complete absence of smelt in recent years is a sign of the overall lack of health of the ecosystem, including chinook. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Trump brings more water — and himself — to Central Valley farmers," 19 Feb. 2020 Trump plans to significantly change how U.S. species law is implemented, which could mean more water for farmers at the expense of the Delta smelt, salmon and other fish. Julie Cart, The Mercury News, "Demise of key environment bill could escalate California’s water wars," 20 Sep. 2019 The federal government claims that sending more water south will not harm shrinking populations of smelt and salmon, but state officials say the move breaks environmental laws. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Rebel ranchers and adorable African Wild Dog pups," 19 Feb. 2020 No license is required to dip smelt, but there is a 10-pound daily limit, or approximately a quarter of a five-gallon bucket. oregonlive, "Washington sets brief recreational smelt-dipping season on lower Cowlitz River," 12 Feb. 2020 Washington will open a recreational smelt-dipping season Friday on the lower Cowlitz River, the first in three years. oregonlive, "Washington sets brief recreational smelt-dipping season on lower Cowlitz River," 12 Feb. 2020 Metropolitan, Westlands and other delta water users waged years of legal battles against pumping curbs contained in the 2008 and 2009 biological opinions for salmon and smelt. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, "The next big California vs. Trump fight is over water and endangered species," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In breaking his own rules, the Professor sets the groundwork for some pretty huge complications that hurt his allies smelting gold in the bank. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "How Netflix hit Money Heist raises the stakes with its second heist," 29 Apr. 2020 The aluminum oxide left over in the process can be recycled indefinitely, Koehler said, even re-smelted down to be used again in new canisters. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel's city fleet first to use technology that creates hydrogen energy 'on demand'," 17 Apr. 2020 Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a century of smelting operations in Anaconda came across the potentially toxic tchotchkes for sale by the city’s chamber of commerce. Washington Post, "Mine waste gift bags pulled from shelves amid EPA warning," 18 Nov. 2019 Mexico and the United States have also sparred over a late American proposal that steel and aluminum used to make cars would be smelted in North America, not just finished here. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Democrats Close to Agreement With White House on New NAFTA," 9 Dec. 2019 The firm was founded in 2014 to meet China’s voracious demand for the ore, from which aluminium is smelted. The Economist, "SMB Winning pays $15bn for rights to Guinea’s iron mountain," 7 Dec. 2019 What batteries do get processed are exported and recycled using a pyrometallurgical method, which uses high temperatures to smelt the batteries and extract some reusable components. Katie Hunt, CNN, "The rapid rise of electric vehicles could lead to a mountain of battery waste," 6 Nov. 2019 For centuries, people there smelted copper in furnaces that used sack bellows to supply extra air to the fuel, boosting combustion and producing more heat. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient slag offers insight into the uneven pace of technological advances," 20 Sep. 2019 Death metal and industrial get smelted in the band’s blast-furnace style. John Adamian, courant.com, "Harm’s Way - death metal, industrial and scrambled beats - playing Webster Underground," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of smelt

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for smelt

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Norwegian smelte whiting

Verb

Dutch or Low German smelten; akin to Old High German smelzan to melt, Old English meltan — more at melt

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“Smelt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smelt. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for smelt

smelt

noun
How to pronounce smelt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of smelt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a type of small fish that can be eaten

smelt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of smelt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to melt rock that contains metal in order to get the metal out

smelt

noun
\ ˈsmelt How to pronounce smelt (audio) \
plural smelts or smelt

Kids Definition of smelt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small silvery fish that is sometimes used for food

smelt

verb
smelted; smelting

Kids Definition of smelt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to melt (as ore) in order to separate the metal : refine

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