AskDefine | Define melt

Dictionary Definition

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" [syn: thaw, thawing, melting]

Verb

1 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" [syn: run, melt down]
2 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"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat" [syn: dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw]
3 become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial; "With age, he mellowed" [syn: mellow, mellow out]
4 lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually; "Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene" [syn: meld]
5 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" [syn: fade]
6 become less intense and fade away gradually; "her resistance melted under his charm" [syn: disappear] [also: molten]

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Etymology

From meltan.

Noun

  1. molten material, the product of melting.
  2. The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state
  3. The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.

Translations

Verb

  1. To transit (or to change) the matter from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat.
    I melted butter to make a cake.
  2. To change gradually(or to become transitted) from a solid state to a liquid state.
    The snowman will disappear, he will melt.
  3. To dissolve.
  4. To be very hot and sweating profusely.
    Help me! I'm melting!

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Extensive Definition

Melt can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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