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smelt

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noun \ˈsmelt\

Definition of smelt

plural

smelts

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smelt

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of smelt

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

Other Fishes Terms


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smelt

verb

Definition of smelt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to melt or fuse (a substance, such as ore) often with an accompanying chemical change usually to separate the metal

  3. 2 :  refine, reduce

Examples of smelt in a Sentence

  1. the process used for smelting iron ore

Origin and Etymology of smelt

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

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


SMELT Defined for English Language Learners

smelt

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noun

Definition of smelt for English Language Learners

  • : a type of small fish that can be eaten

smelt

verb

Definition of smelt for English Language Learners

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


SMELT Defined for Kids

1

smelt

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noun \ˈsmelt\

Definition of smelt for Students

plural

smelts

or

smelt

  1. :  a small silvery fish that is sometimes used for food


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smelt

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verb

Definition of smelt for Students

smelted

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smelting

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



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