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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: the zinc ores are smelted in Swansea
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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, Middle Low German smelten; related to the verb melt.

Derivatives

smelter

1
noun
Example sentences
  • If everyone recycled the aluminum cans they used, there would be no need for new smelters…
  • Cransberg, who will be based at the company's New York office, will have responsibility for Alcoa's 13 primary aluminum smelters in the U.S. and Canada.
  • I wouldn't want to live under any other arrangement, but it only can only create alloys are as good or bad as the raw ore that's fed into the smelter.

smeltery

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noun (plural smelteries)
Example sentences
  • Residents of Pajang subdistrict in Benda district of Tangerang municipality are divided over the presence of an aluminum and copper smeltery, PT Teguh Makmur Sejahtera, which has been operating in the area since 1990.
  • The initial group comprised 90 lead workers from a secondary lead smeltery, all of whom had experienced long-term exposure to lead.
  • Similar findings with respect to basal hormone concentrations were reported by Gustafson et al. in a previous study of lead workers from the present smeltery.

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Pronunciation: /smɛlt
 
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Past and past participle of smell.

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Pronunciation: /smɛlt
 
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noun (plural same or smelts)

A small silvery fish which 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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