- (transitive, idiomatic) To disappear gradually into.
2004 April 11, Ron Feinberg, “CLIMBING MASADA”, in Atlanta Journal Constitution:
- The Roman Empire has melted into history.
2005 October 1, Jennifer Eccleston, CNN_LiveSat:
- Either they melted into society or they swept through to there [sic] villages
2006, Jacquie D'Alessandro, Never a lady:
- "The spirits are calling, I must go," she said to Lady Miranda, then executed a quick turn and melted into the crowd with an expertise born of years of practice.
2008 July 17, Sabrina Tavernise and Richard A. Oppel Jr., “Foreign Desk”, in New York Times:
- A tough Iraqi general, a former special operations officer with a baritone voice and a barrel chest, melted into smiles when asked about Senator Barack Obama.