Definitions for: Melt


[n] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial; "With age, he mellowed"
[v] 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"
[v] lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually; "Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Melt (m[e^]lt), n. (Zo["o]l.)
See 2d Milt.


Melt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Melted (obs.) p. p. Molten;
p. pr. & vb. n. Melting.] [AS. meltan; akin to Gr.
me`ldein, E. malt, and prob. to E. smelt, v. [root]108. Cf.
Smelt, v., Malt, Milt the spleen.]
1. To reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to
liquefy; as, to melt wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or
snow.

2. Hence: To soften, as by a warming or kindly influence; to
relax; to render gentle or susceptible to mild influences;
sometimes, in a bad sense, to take away the firmness of;
to weaken.

Thou would'st have . . . melted down thy youth.
--Shak.

For pity melts the mind to love. --Dryden.

Syn: To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften.


Melt, v. i.
1. To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the
influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate
temperatures.

2. To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.

3. Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle;
also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.

My soul melteth for heaviness. --Ps. cxix.
28.

Melting with tenderness and kind compassion. --Shak.

4. To lose distinct form or outline; to blend.

The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing
outlines, overlapping and melting into each other.
--J. C.
Shairp.

5. To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog
melts away. --Shak.

Synonyms: fade, fade out, meld, mellow, mellow out, melt down, melting, run, thaw, thaw, thawing, unfreeze, unthaw

See Also: blend, break up, change, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, defrost, deice, de-ice, dissolve, flux, fuse, heating, immix, liquefy, liquify, merge, mix, phase change, phase transition, physical change, render, resolve, state change, try, warming, weaken

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