verb (used without object), melted, melted or molten, melting.
to become liquefied by warmth or heat, as ice, snow, butter, or metal.
to become liquid; dissolve:
Let the cough drop melt in your mouth.
to pass, dwindle, or fade gradually (often followed by away):
His fortune slowly melted away.
to pass, change, or blend gradually (often followed by into):
Night melted into day.
to become softened in feeling by pity, sympathy, love, or the like:
The tyrant’s heart would not melt.
Obsolete. to be subdued or overwhelmed by sorrow, dismay, etc.
verb (used with object), melted, melted or molten, melting.
to reduce to a liquid state by warmth or heat; fuse:
Fire melts ice.
to cause to pass away or fade.
to cause to pass, change, or blend gradually.
to soften in feeling, as a person or the heart.
the act or process of melting; state of being melted.
something that is melted.
a quantity melted at one time.
a sandwich or other dish topped with melted cheese:
a tuna melt.
verb melts, melting, melted, melted, molten (ˈməʊltən)
to liquefy (a solid) or (of a solid) to become liquefied, as a result of the action of heat
to become or make liquid; dissolve: cakes that melt in the mouth
(often foll by away) to disappear; fade
(foll by down) to melt (metal scrap) for reuse
(often foll by into) to blend or cause to blend gradually
to make or become emotional or sentimental; soften
the act or process of melting
something melted or an amount melted
Old English meltan “become liquid, consume by fire, burn up” (class III strong verb; past tense mealt, past participle molten), from Proto-Germanic *meltanan; fused with Old English gemæltan (Anglian), gemyltan (West Saxon) “make liquid,” from Proto-Germanic *gamaltijanan (cf. Old Norse melta “to digest”), both from PIE *meldh-, (cf. Sanskrit mrduh “soft, mild,” Greek meldein “to melt, make liquid,” Latin mollis “soft, mild”), from root *mel- “soft,” with derivatives referring to soft or softened (especially ground) materials (see mild). Figurative use by c.1200. Related: Melted; melting.
Of food, to melt in (one’s) mouth is from 1690s. Melting pot is from 1540s; figurative use from 1855; popularized with reference to America by play “The Melting Pot” by Israel Zangwill (1908).
1854, “molten metal,” from melt (v.). In reference to a type of sandwich topped by melted cheese, 1980, American English.
To change from a solid to a liquid state by heating or being heated with sufficient energy at the melting point. See also heat of fusion.
In addition to the idiom beginning with melt
[mel-tij] /ˈmɛl tɪdʒ/ noun 1. the amount or the result of . /ˈmɛltɪdʒ/ noun 1. the process or result of melting or the amount melted: rapid meltage of ice
- Melted out
adjective phrase Penniless, esp from gambling; broke, tapped out (1950s+ Gambling)
[melt-doun] /ˈmɛltˌdaʊn/ noun 1. the melting of a significant portion of a nuclear-reactor core due to inadequate cooling of the fuel elements, a condition that could lead to the escape of radiation. 2. a quickly developing breakdown or collapse: a bond-market meltdown; the meltdown of a marriage. 3. Informal. a sudden loss of control over […]
/mɛlˈtɛmɪ/ noun 1. a northerly wind in the northeast Mediterranean; etesian wind