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melt

 (mĕlt)
v. melt·ed, melt·ing, melts
v.intr.
1. To be changed from a solid to a liquid state especially by the application of heat.
2. To dissolve: Sugar melts in water.
3. To disappear or vanish gradually as if by dissolving: The crowd melted away after the rally.
4. To pass or merge imperceptibly into something else: Sea melted into sky along the horizon.
5. To become softened in feeling: Our hearts melted at the child's tears.
6. Obsolete To be overcome or crushed, as by grief, dismay, or fear.
v.tr.
1. To change (a solid) to a liquid state especially by the application of heat.
2. To dissolve: The tide melted our sand castle away.
3. To cause to disappear gradually; disperse.
4. To cause (units) to blend: "Here individuals of all races are melted into a new race of men" (Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur).
5. To soften (someone's feelings); make gentle or tender.
n.
1. A melted solid; a fused mass.
2. The state of being melted.
3.
a. The act or operation of melting.
b. The quantity melted at a single operation or in one period.
4. A usually open sandwich topped with melted cheese: a tuna melt.
Phrasal Verb:
melt down
1. To undergo a meltdown. Used of a nuclear reactor.
2. To undergo a failure or collapse.
3. To become very angry or upset.

[Middle English melten, from Old English meltan; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

melt′a·bil′i·ty n.
melt′a·ble adj.
melt′er n.
melt′ing·ly adv.
melt′y adj.

melt

(mɛlt)
vb, melts, melting, melted, melted or molten (ˈməʊltən)
1. (Chemistry) to liquefy (a solid) or (of a solid) to become liquefied, as a result of the action of heat
2. to become or make liquid; dissolve: cakes that melt in the mouth.
3. (often foll by away) to disappear; fade
4. (foll by down) to melt (metal scrap) for reuse
5. (often foll by into) to blend or cause to blend gradually
6. to make or become emotional or sentimental; soften
n
7. the act or process of melting
8. something melted or an amount melted
[Old English meltan to digest; related to Old Norse melta to malt (beer), digest, Greek meldein to melt]
ˈmeltable adj
ˌmeltaˈbility n
ˈmelter n

melt1

(mɛlt)

v.i.
1. to become liquefied by heat.
2. to dissolve: The lozenge will melt on your tongue.
3. to diminish to nothing: His fortune slowly melted away.
4. to pass; blend: Night melted into day.
5. to become softened in feeling.
6. Obs. to be subdued or overwhelmed by sorrow, dismay, etc.
v.t.
7. to reduce to a liquid state by heat: Fire melts ice.
8. to cause to dwindle or dissipate.
9. to cause to change or blend gradually.
10. to soften in feeling: a story to melt your heart.
n.
11. the act or process of melting or the state of being melted.
12. something that is melted.
13. a sandwich or other dish topped with melted cheese.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English meltan to melt, c. Old Norse melta to digest, Greek méldein to melt]
melt′a•ble, adj.
melt`a•bil′i•ty, n.
melt′ing•ly, adv.
melt′er, n.

melt2

(mɛlt)

also milt,



n.
the spleen, esp. of a cow or pig when used for food.
[1575–85; dial. (mainly Scots, N England) variant of milt]

melt

(mĕlt)
To change from a solid to a liquid state by heating or being heated to the melting point.

melt


Past participle: melted
Gerund: melting

Imperative
melt
melt
Present
I melt
you melt
he/she/it melts
we melt
you melt
they melt
Preterite
I melted
you melted
he/she/it melted
we melted
you melted
they melted
Present Continuous
I am melting
you are melting
he/she/it is melting
we are melting
you are melting
they are melting
Present Perfect
I have melted
you have melted
he/she/it has melted
we have melted
you have melted
they have melted
Past Continuous
I was melting
you were melting
he/she/it was melting
we were melting
you were melting
they were melting
Past Perfect
I had melted
you had melted
he/she/it had melted
we had melted
you had melted
they had melted
Future
I will melt
you will melt
he/she/it will melt
we will melt
you will melt
they will melt
Future Perfect
I will have melted
you will have melted
he/she/it will have melted
we will have melted
you will have melted
they will have melted
Future Continuous
I will be melting
you will be melting
he/she/it will be melting
we will be melting
you will be melting
they will be melting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been melting
you have been melting
he/she/it has been melting
we have been melting
you have been melting
they have been melting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been melting
you will have been melting
he/she/it will have been melting
we will have been melting
you will have been melting
they will have been melting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been melting
you had been melting
he/she/it had been melting
we had been melting
you had been melting
they had been melting
Conditional
I would melt
you would melt
he/she/it would melt
we would melt
you would melt
they would melt
Past Conditional
I would have melted
you would have melted
he/she/it would have melted
we would have melted
you would have melted
they would have melted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.melt - the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquidmelt - the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid; "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"
heating, warming - the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature
phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change - a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition
Verb1.melt - reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heatingmelt - reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating; "melt butter"; "melt down gold"; "The wax melted in the sun"
fuse - make liquid or plastic by heating; "The storm fused the electric mains"
try, render - melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities; "try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole"
dissolve, break up, resolve - cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
bleed, run - be diffused; "These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"
2.melt - become or cause to become soft or liquidmelt - become or cause to become soft or liquid; "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat"
deliquesce - melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air; "this type of salt deliquesces easily"
defrost, deice, de-ice - make or become free of frost or ice; "Defrost the car window"
flux, liquify, liquefy - become liquid or fluid when heated; "the frozen fat liquefied"
3.melt - become more relaxed, easygoing, or genialmelt - become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial; "With age, he mellowed"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
mellow - soften, make mellow; "Age and experience mellowed him over the years"
4.melt - lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually; "Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene"
coalesce, conflate, fuse, immix, mix, merge, commingle, blend, meld, flux, combine - mix together different elements; "The colors blend well"
5.melt - become less clearly visible or distinguishablemelt - become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly; "The scene begins to fade"; "The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
6.melt - become less intense and fade away gradually; "her resistance melted under his charm"; "her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

melt

verb
2. (often with away) disappear, fade, vanish, dissolve, disperse, evaporate, evanesce When he heard these words, his inner doubts melted away.
3. vanish, fade (away), go away, evaporate, dissipate The youths dispersed and melted into the darkness.
4. soften, touch, relax, disarm, mollify His smile is enough to melt any woman's heart.

melt

verb
1. To change from a solid to a liquid:
2. To disappear gradually by or as if by dispersal of particles.Also used with away:
Translations
يَذُوبُيُذِيبُيُذيب، يَذوب
roztáttavitrozpustit
smelte
sulaasulattaa
rastopititopiti se
elolvad
bræîa; bráîna
溶かす溶ける
녹다(...을) 녹이다
lydymosi temperatūraradioaktyviųjų medžiagų nutekėjimastautų kratinys/mišinystirpdytitirpti
atmaigtkust
topi
taliti setopiti se
smälta
ละลาย ทำให้หลอมละลายหลอมละลาย ค่อยๆ จางหายไป
làm tan chảytan chảy

melt

[melt]
A. VT
1. (lit) [+ snow, chocolate, butter] → derretir, fundir; [+ metal] → fundir; [+ chemical] → disolver
2. (fig) (= soften) → ablandar
B. VI
1. (lit) [snow, chocolate, butter] → derretirse, fundirse; [metal] → fundirse; [chemical] → disolverse
it melts in the mouthse deshace en la boca
see also butter A
2. (fig)
2.1. [person] (= soften) → ablandarse
to melt into tearsdeshacerse en lágrimas
her heart melted with pityse le ablandó el corazón de lástima
2.2. (= disappear) the gunman melted into the crowdel pistolero desapareció entre la multitud
night melted into dayla noche dio paso al día
melt away VI + ADV
1. (lit) → derretirse
2. (fig) [confidence] → desvanecerse; [money] → evaporarse; [crowd] → dispersarse; [person] → esfumarse, escabullirse
melt down VT + ADVfundir

melt

[ˈmɛlt]
vi
(= become liquid) [ice, snow] → fondre; [butter, chocolate] → fondre
The snow is melting → La neige est en train de fondre.
(= become soft) [metal] → fondre
my heart melted → j'ai fondu
(= disappear) to melt into → se fondre dans
to melt into the landscape → se fondre dans le paysage
vt sep [+ ice, snow] → faire fondre; [+ chocolate, butter] → faire fondre; [+ metal] → faire fondre
melt away
vi [crowd] → se dissiper
melt down
vt sep [+ metal] → fondre

melt

vt
(lit)schmelzen; snowschmelzen, zum Schmelzen bringen; butterzergehen lassen, zerlassen; sugar, greaseauflösen
(fig) heart etcerweichen; her tears melted my heartder Anblick ihrer Tränen erweichte mein Herz
vi
schmelzen; (sugar, grease)sich (auf)lösen; it just melts in the mouthes zergeht einem nur so auf der Zunge
(fig) (person)dahinschmelzen; (anger)verfliegen; … and then his heart melted… und dann ließ er sich erweichen

melt

[mɛlt]
1. vt
a. (gen) → sciogliere, struggere; (metal) → fondere
melted butter → burro fuso
b. (fig) (heart) → intenerire; (anger) → far svanire; (person) → commuovere
2. vi
a. (gen) → sciogliersi, struggersi; (metals) → fondersi
it melts in the mouth → si scioglie in bocca
b. (fig) (anger, determination) → svanire; (heart) → intenerirsi
he melted into the crowd → si confuse tra la folla
melt away vi + adv (snow, ice) → sciogliersi completamente; (fog) → dileguarsi (fig) (anger, anxiety, opposition) → svanire; (savings) → andare in fumo; (crowd) → disperdersi
he melted away into the crowd → svanì tra la folla
melt down vt + advfondere

melt

(melt) verb
to (cause to) become soft or liquid, or to lose shape, usually by heating / being heated. The ice has melted; My heart melted when I saw how sorry he was.
ˈmeltdown noun
the melting of the radioactive material in a nuclear reactor as a result of the failure of the cooling system.
ˈmelting-point noun
the temperature at which a given solid melts. The melting-point of ice is 0 centigrade.
ˈmelting pot noun
a place where different peoples, races, cultures etc blend. The United States is often described as a melting pot.

melt

يَذُوبُ, يُذِيبُ rozpustit, roztát smelte schmelzen λιώνω derretir, fundirse sulaa, sulattaa faire fondre, fondre rastopiti, topiti se sciogliere, sciogliersi 溶かす, 溶ける 녹다, (...을) 녹이다 doen smelten, smelten smelte roztapiać się, stopić derreter плавить, таять smälta ละลาย ทำให้หลอมละลาย, หลอมละลาย ค่อยๆ จางหายไป erimek, eritmek làm tan chảy, tan chảy 融化
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He looks as if he'd like to know us but he's bashful, and Meg is so prim she won't let me speak to him when we pass," said Jo, as the plates went round, and the ice began to melt out of sight, with ohs and ahs of satisfaction.
The tops of the ridges of frozen mud that formed the road began to melt and the mud clung to Elmer's shoes.
They compared her to flakes of snow; as pure, as white, as brilliant, and as liable to melt in the fierce heats of summer, or congeal in the frosts of winter.
It may have been his purpose, indeed, to melt poor Hepzibah on the spot, as if she were a figure of yellow wax.
She deemed in her crime most to be repented of, that she had ever endured and reciprocated the lukewarm grasp of his hand, and had suffered the smile of her lips and eyes to mingle and melt into his own.
Gradually the words seemed to melt and fade, as in a divine music; the child raised her deep eyes, and fixed them lovingly on him, and rays of warmth and comfort seemed to go from them to his heart; and, as if wafted on the music, she seemed to rise on shining wings, from which flakes and spangles of gold fell off like stars, and she was gone.
It may be that you have discovered, before this, that the rigors of military law and custom melt insensibly away and disappear when a soldier or a regiment or the garrison wants to do something that will please Cathy.
The children fastened their eyes upon their bit of candle and watched it melt slowly and pitilessly away; saw the half inch of wick stand alone at last; saw the feeble flame rise and fall, climb the thin column of smoke, linger at its top a moment, and then -- the horror of utter darkness reigned!
I moved the wax flowers off the mantelpiece so they wouldn't melt, and put the shells, the coral, and the green stuffed bird on top of the what-not, so the children wouldn't ask to play with them.
That sky with its high and light clouds which are sure to melt away as the day waxes warm--this placid and balmly atmosphere?
Every Linton on the face of the earth might melt into nothing before I could consent to forsake Heathcliff.
Before we had taken many paces down the street beyond it, the noise of the city seemed to melt, as if by magic, into a softened distance.