melting

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
    • adj melting becoming liquid
    • n melting 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
    • a Melting Causing to melt; becoming melted; -- used literally or figuratively; as, a melting heat; a melting appeal; a melting mood.
    • n Melting Liquefaction; the act of causing (something) to melt, or the process of becoming melted.
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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.
    • melting Disposed to melt or soften; feeling or showing tenderness; tender; compassionate.
    • melting Adapted to melt or soften; affecting; moving: as, a melting speech.
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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.
    • n Melting the act of making liquid or of dissolving: the act of softening or rendering tender
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. meltan; Ice. melta, Gr. meldein.

Usage

In literature:

Boil, drain, put into a saucepan with melted butter and sweet oil and brown on both sides, season with salt.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
Before his kindly sympathy O'Iwa melted into tears.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
In vain she remonstrated with the being to whom she was devoted: in vain she sought by meek endurance again to melt his heart.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
He could just melt and burn all the excess rock off, and he would be all set.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
Figure 7 shows it in normal, or melting position, while in Fig.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
Let the pupils look the fat over and put it on to melt, watching it carefully.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
His spirits rose as he climbed above the forest; the shadow which had lain on them slipped away and melted in the clear air.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
But, as a rule, all melt together into a single sound.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Even platinum, having a melting point of 1779 deg., may be melted by the heat of the flame.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
The blade melted away as ice melts when the Father, who has power over the seasons, unbinds the bands of the frost-king.
"Northland Heroes" by Florence Holbrook
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In poetry:

I will not seek my birthright here;
A few vile pageants—grasp them—they,
Tho' bright and shining they appear,
Melt into air, and pass away.
"Autumn: Sunday Morning" by John Bowring
And listen to the mournful sigh,
That bursts from Ellen's trembling breast ;
And view the melting tearful eye,
That fears on Reginald to rest !
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
The maid he priz'd above the throng
That press'd to hear his raptur'd strain;
The maid, who melted at the song,
But trifled with a lover's pain:
"The Harp. A Legendary Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
With tears of joy the wanderer felt
The darkness of his long despair
Before that hallowed symbol melt,
Which God's dear love had nurtured there.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by John Greenleaf Whittier
If Walpole's heart obdurate felt,
The Bishop's heart began to melt.
Modest distress he's hurt to see,
Then whisper'd--" Sir, come dine with me."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
"Methinks this cold and northern night
Would melt before that Orient light;
And, wet by Hermon's dew and rain,
My childhood's faith revive again!"
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Ceil Smith's voice melts butter.
In a small saucepan, melt butter with ginger.
New procedure to melt away cellulite .
1 cup butter or margarine 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 3 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted 1 tsp.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted.
It melts before I can get it to my mouth.
In a Game That Melts the Clock, Time Is on No One's Side.
In a large skillet oven, medium heat, melt butter with sugars.
Hoping Chefs Will Melt for Tcho Chocolate.
As the days of 90-plus temperatures melted one into the next, the summer of John Murphy's discontent only got worse.
Instead of using melted cheese as a filling, like they do here in America, they're stuffing the crust with…hotdogs.
Jay-Z has a piece of the Nets, a glamorous wife and a baby girl who melts his heart.
As the ice cap melts, the war for the North Pole is heating up.
Tucson News NowNASA finds thickest parts of Arctic Ice Cap melting faster.
The melting in the Arctic has officially set a new record--with sea ice reaching a record low in 2012.
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In science:

The physical meaning of the Hagedorn transition can be shortly described as melting of spin chain states.
Random walks in N = 4 Super Yang-Mills
One of the first detailed measurements providing much impetus for theoretical work was on free sodium clusters by Haberland and co-workers.2 These measurements reported the melting temperatures (Tm ) of sodium clusters in the size range between 55 and 350 and remained unexplained for almost about a decade.
The electronic structures, the equilibrium geometries and finite temperature properties of Na_n (n=39-55)
At 300 K and above the RDF shows the typical melting behavior of a cluster.
The electronic structures, the equilibrium geometries and finite temperature properties of Na_n (n=39-55)
It turns out that about one third of atoms in the cluster “melt” at this temperature.
The electronic structures, the equilibrium geometries and finite temperature properties of Na_n (n=39-55)
Interestingly, all these 15 atoms are on the surface, indicating that surface melting takes place first.
The electronic structures, the equilibrium geometries and finite temperature properties of Na_n (n=39-55)
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