melt

Definitions

  • Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting pot, part of a working hole, fragment from large melting pot, cullet (broken or refuse glass shown in lower left corner), and green glass fragments (lower center and lower right)
    Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting pot, part of a working hole, fragment from large melting pot, cullet (broken or refuse glass shown in lower left corner), and green glass fragments (lower center and lower right)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v melt become less intense and fade away gradually "her resistance melted under his charm","her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance"
    • v melt 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 melt become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial "With age, he mellowed"
    • v melt 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"
    • v melt lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually "Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene"
    • v melt 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"
    • n melt 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A mouse climbs on a melted (and snuffed) candle A mouse climbs on a melted (and snuffed) candle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pearls melt in vinegar
    • n Melt mĕlt (Zoöl) See 2d Milt.
    • Melt To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures.
    • Melt To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear. "My soul melteth for heaviness.""Melting with tenderness and kind compassion."
    • Melt To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away.
    • Melt To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.
    • Melt To lose distinct form or outline; to blend. See fondue. "The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other."
    • Melt 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.
    • Melt 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.""For pity melts the mind to love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The microwave oven was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
    • melt To become liquid through heat; be changed from a fixed or solid to a flowing state by heat.
    • melt To suffer dissolution or extinction; be dissipated or wasted.
    • melt To be softened to love, pity, tenderness, sympathy, or the like; become tender, mild, or gentle.
    • melt To be weakened or broken; be subdued, as by fear.
    • melt To pass, as one thing into another, so that the point of junction is imperceptible; pass by imperceptible degrees; blend; shade.
    • melt To reduce from a solid to a fluid state by means of heat; liquefy; fuse: as, to melt iron, lead, wax, or tallow; to melt ice.
    • melt Loosely, to make a solution of; liquefy by solution; dissolve: as, to melt sugar in water.—
    • melt Figuratively, to soften, as by a warming and kindly influence; render gentle or susceptible to mild influences, as to love, pity, or tenderness.
    • melt Synonyms To mollify, subdue; Melt, Dissolve, Thaw, Fuse. Two words, … popularly confounded, though scientifically very distinct, are melt and dissolve. The former signifies to bring a substance from a solid to a liquid condition by the agency of heat alone; the latter signifies the bringing about of this result by distributing the particles of the substance acted on among the particles of another substance which is itself liquid, and this process is termed the solution of the solid substance. Thaw differs from melt, in being applicable only to substances whose ordinary condition is that of a liquid, and which have become solid in consequence of the abstraction of heat, and therefore return to the liquid condition as if of themselves. (Chambers's Journal.) Dissolve is much used as a synonym of either melt or thaw. Fuse is sometimes synonymous with melt (as, to fuse a wire by electricity), but it is more often used of melting together: as, bell-metal is made by fusing copper and tin. See the definitions of these words.
    • n melt The melting of metal; the running down of the metal in the act of fusion.
    • n melt The charge of metals placed in a cupola or pot for melting.
    • n melt Any substance that is melted.
    • n melt Same as milt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate melts in your mouth because cocoa butter has a melting point of just below 35 degrees C, a little under body temperature.
    • v.t Melt melt to make liquid, to dissolve: to soften: to waste away
    • v.i Melt to become liquid: to dissolve: to become tender or mild: to lose distinct form: to be discouraged:—pa.p. melted, or molten
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Quotations

  • Marie Beyon Ray
    Marie Beyon Ray
    “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand -- and melting like a snowflake.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”
  • Dorothy Parker
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    “Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.”
  • Else Lanchester
    Else Lanchester
    “She looked as though butter wouldn't melt in her mouth --or anywhere else.”
  • Alexander Maclaren
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    “If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Manhood is melted into courtesies, valor into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones, too.”

Idioms

Butter wouldn't melt in their mouth - If someone looks as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouth, they look very innocent.
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Melt your heart - If something melts your heart, it affects you emotionally and you cannot control the feeling.
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Melting pot - A melting pot is a place where people from many ethnicities and nationalities live together.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. meltan,; akin to Gr. me`ldein, E. malt, and prob. to E. smelt, v. √108. Cf. Smelt (v.) Malt Milt the spleen

Usage

In literature:

She's as good, very near, As a ripe, melting peach in September.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
He inspected the melted, and partly-melted, and merely burned-out sections of the drive coils.
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
If you're obstinate about it, you can melt the copper.
"The Ambulance Made Two Trips" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Cover a platter an inch deep with hot well-boiled rice, to which has been added 1 tablespoonful of melted butter.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Fry in melted butter in a hot skillet.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
In another saucepan melt some butter and put into it little by little the rice that has been washed and dried.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
MR. BECHTEL: Doesn't it melt too much in the sun?
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
The crust won't melt that fast, if it melts at all.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Her breath came fast, her proud look melted, and his quick sense caught the change in an instant.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There's a screen upon the roof that slows them down and melts 'em.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Then they melted the statue in a furnace, and the Mayor held a meeting of the Corporation to decide what was to be done with the metal.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Then add one tablespoonful of melted butter and beat again for some minutes.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
They should melt in the mouth.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Melt two tablespoons butter, toss in parsley and pour at once over liver and serve.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Roll in melted butter and fine bread crumbs.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
Cook and stir until melted.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Just as they seemed now about to melt away to urgent tasks, he called them back.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
For the Philosopher's castle was fading away, melting like mist before the sun!
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
There were many icebergs on its shores, which no thaws ever melt away; this gives the island a singular appearance from the sea.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Volcanoes pour out melted rock on the surface, and much fine material is blown out in eruptions.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
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In poetry:

But love has melted me like snow,
A waterfall,
As restless as the summer streams
I sleepless go !
"Song of the Restless Stream" by Habba Khatoon
The moan of a wintry soul
Melted into a summer song,
And the words, like the wavelet's roll,
Moved murmuringly along.
"Dreaming" by Abram Joseph Ryan
We tell Thee of our care,
Of the sore burden, pressing day by day,
And in the light and pity of Thy face
The burden melts away.
"Communion" by Susan Coolidge
When trembling, prostrate in the dust,
My heartfelt sorrows flow,
Sure, sure, the hardest heart will melt
To see a mother's woe.
"A Ballad" by Jane Bowdler
They sang that never was sadness
But it melted and passed away;
They sang that never was darkness
But in came the conquering day.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
A rose-cloud, dimly seen above,
Melting in heaven's blue depths away;
Oh, sweet, fond dream of human Love
For thee I may not pray.
"The Wish Of To-Day" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Algae bloom found under melting Arctic ice.
Stir in butter til melted and thicken by adding Parmigiano Reggianno cheese slowly, stirring til smooth.
Anger Mounts as Predictions of the Big One Melt Away.
Melting Antarctic icebergs fight back against global warming.
We are a multi-cultural society and not a melting pot.
Live, Thee Oh Sees are the kind of band that can melt your face off.
Greenland ice melts in fits and starts , study finds.
The flatbreads bake at 400 until the cheese melts.
Ice Cream Sandwich, the fourth version of Google's Android mobile operating system, hasn't been out of the freezer long enough to start melting yet, and now there's word that its successor may be imminent.
The region saw its first real snowfall on Thursday, Nov 17 and though most of the flakes had melted by Friday, this snowman on Route 20 in Brocton remained as proof.
It all melted away, just like that.
Melts in your heart, not in your mind.
Austria's Hertwich Engineering commissioned two melting furnaces with annual production of 50,000 tons at Otto Fuch's facility in Meinerzhagen, Germany.
Melt margarine and add cocoa powder.
Melting glass makes for one hot date.
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In science:

The force-induced melting is a first order phase transition process, while the thermal melting is found to be second order.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
We study the melting of a double-stranded biopolymer as a prototype of such many phenomena.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
Hence it might be possible to qualitatively describe the thermal melting of doublestranded biopolymers.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
This treatment reduces the melting temperature from infinity to Tm .
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
Fig. 7 – Left: Fraction of melted spins as a function of temperature for different values of c.
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
These imply that there is a length scale, related to the rate at which clusters “melt” when H is changed from zero.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The idea of reptation was introduced about thirty years ago by de Gennes in order to explain some dynamical properties of polymer melts of high molecular weight.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
Early experimental results on diffusion coefficients for polymer melts were consistent with a power −2 , while more recent results suggest that such exponent would be significantly higher .
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
This confirms that the ansatz α = O(1) and µ → 0 leads to a melted random-globulelike phase.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
As discussed above, there is an upper temperature limit Tg (independent of β0 ) above which this phase melts, leaving the system in the random-globule state.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
The reason why this domain melts at relatively low temperature is indicated in the middle part: The field sum of spin 5 is just outside the shaded area(see text).
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
The reason why this domain melts at relatively low temperature is indicated in the middle part: The field sum of spin 4 and 10 are very close to the absorbing boundary (see text).
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
To further investigate the melting of a GS domains at finite temperatures, an overview of the GS and equilibrium configurations at finite temperatures is shown in Figure 11.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
To construct a domain structure at any finite temperature we focus to the melting of individual q states.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
There is a belief that all paradoxes would melt away if there were no self-referential statements.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
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