English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , from melten 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 ”).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
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
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!
Translations [ edit ]
springtime snow runoff in mountain regions
wax-based substance for use in an oil burner
melt ( third-person singular simple present , melts present participle , melting simple past melted or ( rare ) , 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.
( transitive , figuratively ) 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. Dryden
melts the mind to love.
( intransitive , colloquial ) To be very hot and sweat profusely.
Help me! I'm melting!
Synonyms [ edit ]
( change from solid to liquid ) to : found
Translations [ edit ]
intransitive: to change from a solid to a liquid
( snow, ice, butter ) , laistīs ( metal ) laydinuot Latvian:
, kust kausēt Lithuanian:
, tirpti leistis Malay:
cair ( snow, ice , ) lebur ( metals ) Neapolitan:
smelte (no) Polish:
, przetapiać topić Portuguese:
derreter , (pt) fundir (pt) Romanian:
topi (ro) Russian:
( snow, ice, butter, hope ) таять (ru) ( impf tájat’), растаять (ru) ( pf rastájat’), ( metal, plastic ) плавиться (ru) ( impf plávit’sja), расплавиться ( pf rasplávit’sja) Scottish Gaelic:
otopiti (sh) Spanish:
derretir , (es) derretirse (es) Swedish:
smälta (sv) Telugu:
( కరిగించు karigiṃcu) Turkish:
erimek (tr) Welsh:
transitive: to change or be changed from a solid to a liquid
to dissolve, disperse, vanish
to soften, as by a warming or kindly influence
to be very hot and sweat profusely