There are 3 definitions of smelt in English:

smelt1

Syllabification: smelt
Pronunciation: /smelt
 
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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.
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    • 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.

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There are 3 definitions of smelt in English:

smelt2

Syllabification: smelt
Pronunciation: /
 
smelt/
  • past and past participle of smell.

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smelt3

Syllabification: smelt
Pronunciation: /
 
smelt/

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.
    • a fish of the northern hemisphere (family Osmeridae: Osmerus and other genera).a fish of Australasian waters (family Retropinnidae: several genera).
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    • 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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