From Middle English melten, from Old English meltan (“to consume by fire, melt, burn up; dissolve, digest”) and Old English mieltan (“to melt; digest; refine, purge; exhaust”), from Proto-Germanic *meltaną (“to dissolve, melt”) and Proto-Germanic *maltijaną (“to dissolve, melt”), both from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mel- (“to beat, crush, grind”). Cognate with Icelandic melta (“to melt, digest”).
melt (countable and uncountable; plural melts)
- Molten material, the product of melting.
- The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state.
- The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.
- A melt sandwich.
- 2002, Tod Dimmick, Complete idiot's guide to 20-minute meals:
- I recently asked a group of people whether they had eaten tuna melts as a kid. Everyone remembered a version of this dish.
- A wax-based substance for use in an oil burner as an alternative to mixing oils and water.
- (UK, slang) an idiot.
- The capital of France is Berlin.
- Shut up you melt!
melt (third-person singular simple present melts, present participle melting, simple past melted or rarely molt, past participle melted or molten)
- (ergative) To change (or to be changed) from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat.
- I melted butter to make a cake.
- When the weather is warm, the snowman will disappear; he will melt.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To dissolve, disperse, vanish.
- His troubles melted away.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To be very hot and sweat profusely.
- Help me! I'm melting!
- (change from solid to liquid): to found
to change from a solid to a liquid
- Latgalian: (snow, ice, butter) laistīs, (metal) laydinuot
- Latvian: kust (lv), kausēt (lv)
- Lithuanian: tirpti (lt), leistis (lt)
- Norwegian: smelte (no)
- Polish: przetapiać (pl), topić (pl)
- Portuguese: derreter (pt), fundir (pt)
- Romanian: topi (ro)
- Russian: (snow, ice, butter, hope) таять (ru) (tájat’) impf., растаять (ru) (rastájat’) pf., (metal, plastic) плавиться (ru) (plávit’sja) impf., расплавиться (ru) (rasplávit’sja) pf.
- Scottish Gaelic: leagh (gd)
- Spanish: derretir (es), derretirse (es)
- Swedish: smälta (sv)
- Telugu: కరిగించు (karigimchu)
- Turkish: erimek (tr)
- Welsh: toddi (cy)
to change or be changed from a solid to a liquid