verb[with object] (often as noun smelting)
- 1Extract (metal) from its ore by a process involving heating and melting: tin smeltingMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
mid 16th century: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German smelten; related to the verb melt.
noun (plural same or smelts /smelts/)
- A small silvery fish that lives in both marine and fresh water and is sometimes fished commercially, in particular.
More example sentences
- ● a fish of the northern hemisphere (family Osmeridae: Osmerus and other genera). ● a fish of Australasian waters (family Retropinnidae: several genera).
- 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.
Old English; obscurely related to various European names of fish; compare with smolt.