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smelt 1

Syllabification: smelt

verb

[with object] (often as noun smelting)
1Extract (metal) from its ore by a process involving heating and melting: tin smelting
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  • Through a back door, Jinx could see a small clearing, the middle of which was clear of snow surrounding a pit in the ground - evidently Rob's metalworking needs could be addressed by smelting metal in an earth-pit.
  • Iron was smelted, converted to steel, and subsequently rolled or forged to meet the demands of both domestic and international industrial markets.
  • The deforestation was especially expensive to the Norse Greenlanders because they required charcoal in order to smelt iron to extract iron from bogs.
1.1Extract a metal from (ore) by smelting.
Example sentences
  • They were made by the labour of men who won iron ore and coal; who turned the coal into coke; who smelted the ore; who fashioned the crude ingots of metal into engines; and so on.
  • At Swansea, the ore was smelted using huge quantities of cheap coal, producing a poisoned landscape.
  • More than thirty-four years after its discovery some sixty miners were employed raising the ore while above ground thousands of tons of old tailigs and ore were smelted.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German smelten; related to the verb melt.

Words that rhyme with smelt

belt, Celt, dealt, dwelt, felt, gelt, knelt, melt, misdealt, pelt, Scheldt, spelt, svelte, veld, welt

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smelt 2 Syllabification: smelt
Past and past participle of smell.

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smelt 3 Syllabification: smelt

noun (plural same or smeltssmelts)

A small silvery fish that lives in both marine and fresh water and is sometimes fished commercially, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Larger salmon eat a variety of fishes such as herring and alewives, smelts, capelin, small mackerel, sand lace, and small cod.
  • The Brown Pelican's diet consists almost entirely of fish such as smelt and anchovies.
  • You can find whole fresh smelts at the market, and you typically cook them whole.

Origin

Old English; obscurely related to various European names of fish; compare with smolt.

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