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verb (used with object)
to fuse or melt (ore) in order to separate the metal contained.
to obtain or refine (metal) in this way.
a simple past tense and past participle of smell.
(transitive) to extract (a metal) from (an ore) by heating
noun (pl) smelt, smelts
any marine or freshwater salmonoid food fish of the family Osmeridae, such as Osmerus eperlanus of Europe, having a long silvery body and occurring in temperate and cold northern waters
a past tense and past participle of smell
To melt ores in order to extract the metals they contain. Oxide ores, such as iron ore, are smelted with carbon, which serves as a fuel and changes the ore into a reduced metal.


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