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smelt

noun \ ˈsmelt \

Definition of smelt

plural smelts or smelt
: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

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Origin and Etymology of smelt

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

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smelt

verb

Definition of smelt

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

Examples of smelt in a Sentence

  1. the process used for smelting iron ore

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Origin and Etymology of smelt

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

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SMELT Defined for English Language Learners

smelt

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

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smelt

noun \ ˈsmelt \

Definition of smelt for Students

plural smelts or smelt
:a small silvery fish that is sometimes used for food

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smelt

verb

Definition of smelt for Students

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


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