Definition of melt in English:

melt

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Pronunciation: /mɛlt
 
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verb

1Make or become liquefied by heating: [with object]: the hot metal melted the wax (as adjective melted) asparagus with melted butter [no object]: place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted
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  • This snow didn't melt as soon as it touched you… it stuck to your skin and sat there before slowly melting away.
  • The blizzards had ceased three days ago and the remaining snow was swiftly melting away in the face of the late January sun.
  • It was all covered in white frost, glinting and melting away with the first rays of the sun, making it a perfect picture for a postcard.
Synonyms
liquefy, thaw, unfreeze, defrost, soften, run, flux, fuse, render, clarify, dissolve, deliquesce
1.1 [with object] (melt something down) Melt a metal article so as to reuse the raw material: beautiful objects are being melted down and sold for scrap
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  • That the tablet was broken in antiquity can be proved from a scientific analysis of the lines of fracture; maybe someone in ancient times intended to melt it down and reuse the bronze.
  • And the chances are good that scrap metal dealers in Johannesburg are buying your water meter, melting it down and then selling it off as junk.
  • Other companies take scrap metal and melt it down for use in lowgrade metal products like garden furniture and sign posts.
1.2 [no object] Dissolve in liquid: add 400g sugar and boil until the sugar melts
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  • Put the butter, sugar, cream and golden syrup into a pan and leave over a low heat until the sugar has melted.
  • Stir often until caramelized sugar melts again and mixture is reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes.
  • Braise the pear on a slow fire until the crystal sugar melts.
1.3 [no object] informal (Of a person) suffer extreme heat.
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  • Close by was a 90C sauna and steam room where I enjoyed almost melting to death.
  • Well, some are, but that's not why they're melting in High Barnet on the hottest day of the year.
  • Stains around her body show that she had melted to the carpet as a result of the humid weather conditions.
2Make or become more tender or loving: [with object]: Richard gave her a smile which melted her heart [no object]: she was so beautiful that I melted
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  • I would just look into his beautiful eyes and melt.
  • Jadelyn followed his gaze and nearly melted at the tenderness with which he looked at his sister and how protective he was of her.
  • It was a smile Elizabeth had never seen on her husband's face before; one so full of love and tenderness that her heart melted.
Synonyms
soften, touch, disarm, mollify, relax, affect, move
3 [no object, with adverbial] Disappear or disperse: the compromise was accepted and the opposition melted away
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  • Without another word, he vanished, melted away into the shadows, which slowly began to dissolve.
  • Rowena's frown melted away as she sensed the air cooling dramatically.
  • After listening to a five-minute speech outside County Hall - empty of staff for the bank holiday - they melted away as peacefully as they had come.
Synonyms
3.1 (melt into) Change or merge imperceptibly into (another form or state): the cheers melted into gasps of admiration
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  • The interview with de Vries is different, changing form slowly, almost imperceptibly at first, like an ice cube slowly melting into water.
  • Beyond the city, urban sprawl quickly melts into full-on farmland, your jarred spine straightens out again and the whole week's expedition seems to stretch ahead to the horizon beneath immense white clouds.
  • Melt it and mix it with double cream and you have chocolate heaven: pop one of Michel Cluizel's oval buttons in your mouth and it slowly melts into a luscious chocolate swirl.

noun

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1An act or period of melting: the precipitation falls as snow and is released during the spring melt
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  • This could translate into further storage improvements for Lake McConaughy as we move into the spring melt period.
  • With a spring melt, ipirautiik, waterproof boots, replace the furry boots.
  • Moreover, as the Arctic warms, the length of the melt period increases, which in turn thins the ice and further hastens its retreat.
1.1 [mass noun] Metal or other material in a melted condition.
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  • The blue colour of smalt derives from the addition of cobalt oxide to a potash glass melt during manufacture.
  • Mullite crystals grow out of a complex silicate melt - porcelain kilns never attain pure silica's melting point.
  • He argued that all other granites represent hybrid magma formed by reaction of basaltic melt with crustal metamorphic rocks.
1.2A quantity of metal melted at one operation.
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  • Dingwell et al. have shown at low dissolved water contents in rhyolitic melts, large changes in melt viscosity can occur for very small changes of water content.
1.3 [with modifier] North American A sandwich, hamburger, or other dish containing or topped with melted cheese: a tuna melt
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  • There is also a range of light meals (such as tuna melt or steak 'n' cheese sandwiches), plus desserts.
  • Also included are keema and peas with naan bread, vine tomato and mozzarella melt, tuna salad and chicken curry.
  • Patty, the vegetarian, shared a tuna melt with Molly and later they felt ill.

Origin

Old English meltan, mieltan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse melta 'to malt, digest', from an Indo-European root shared by Greek meldein 'to melt', Latin mollis 'soft', also by malt.

Phrases

melt in the mouth

(Of food) be deliciously light or tender and need little chewing: they ate lamb which melted in the mouth
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  • The fishcake - and it was just one, but well-sized - was deliciously light and melted in the mouth, while the Hanoi duck came inside a stack of tortillas and salsa that looked bizarre but tasted sensational.
  • I ensure that the fresh herbs and spices thoroughly infuse the dishes so that the meat becomes so tender it really melts in the mouth,’ he said.
  • My own pepper was equally satisfying; a whole, succulent green pepper so tender it melted in the mouth, piping hot and stuffed to bursting with rice and mincemeat.

Phrasal verbs

melt down

1Collapse or break down disastrously: many expected him to melt down at the first sign of trouble
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  • In spite of history-making efforts by governments around the world, financial markets everywhere are still melting down.
  • Next thing you know, her campaign melts down.
  • Just letting Citigroup melt down could have been catastrophic.
2(Of a nuclear reactor) undergo a catastrophic failure as a result of the fuel overheating: if the pumps that cool the reactor core become disabled the core could begin to overheat, and the reactor could melt down
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  • Many expected him to melt down at the first sign of trouble.

Derivatives

meltable

adjective
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  • APP is the meltable, wax-like phase of polypropylene; its low crystallinity renders it compatible with an asphalt matrix.
  • It's a snap to make decorative soap for gifts or your own bathroom by using meltable blocks of soap, such as Soap Expressions, from a craft store.

melter

noun
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  • Street crews have been dumping the snow into large melters and then into the sewer system.
  • Our bags laden with a few hundred dollars worth of scented wax melters and ridiculously overprice chocolate we set out for home.
  • Your body isn't the only winner; since this workout summons your full concentration, it's also a great stress melter.

meltingly

adverb
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  • The Chef Combo is a perfect choice for the dualistic appetite: a charbroiled beef kabob and a meltingly tender chicken kabob.
  • Described as fast, furious meltingly lyrical and full of physical poetry, it is one of the most completely brilliant theatrical experiences imaginable.
  • Reduce the heat slightly and cook, still uncovered, for another ten minutes, or until the onions are meltingly soft and most of the liquid has evaporated.

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