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
2 : refine, reduce

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 In his interview, Shota says, the rabbit, which Sara is cooking, is the main element, and the smelt is there to support it from all directions. oregonlive, 7 May 2021 But from a practical angling perspective, tomcod, like smelt, belong to the past. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 19 Feb. 2020 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, 19 Feb. 2020 For the past two seasons, Icelanders have not been able to harvest capelin, a type of smelt, as their numbers plummeted. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2019 Clams, icefish and smelt are in season at the lake. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pizzas will feature proteins that aren’t usually used such as pork jowl and smelt. Tanay Warerkar, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 May 2021 French women smelt good, and soldiers returning from the Western Front had come to like that. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, 4 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 6 Nov. 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

noun

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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