Melting-pot

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)
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Melting-pot a crucible
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Quotations

  • Jimmy Carter
    Jimmy%20Carter
    “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
  • Israel Zangwill
    Israel Zangwill
    “America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!”
  • Arnold Edinborough
    Arnold Edinborough
    “Canada has never been a melting pot; more like a tossed salad.”

Idioms

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:

This we melted in one of our tin pots, and very soon had the canoe in a fit state to launch.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
The school is the melting-pot of the city's youth.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
One man stood in front of the melting-pot, pitching in pieces of blubber with a two-pronged pitchfork.
"The Red Eric" by R.M. Ballantyne
There is no melting pot in this part of the world.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
No, it is the will of God that in due time this land and this people shall be put into the melting-pot.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
And here we touch the weak spot in Mr. ZANGWILL'S paean of the Melting Pot.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 18, 1914" by Various
A rod, with its row of wicks, was dipped in the melted tallow in the pot, and returned to its place across the poles.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Put it in a stone pot, covered with paper, and set it in the sun or a warm place three or four days to melt.
"Notes and Queries, Number 183, April 30, 1853" by Various
The melting-pot must not melt.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
And Rangoon is a sort of melting-pot of all races.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
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In poetry:

Prince and page, sot and sage,
Hark to the roar of War!
Poet, professor and circus clown,
Chimney-sweeper and fop o' the town,
Into the pot and be melted down:
Into the pot of War!
"The Call (France, August 1st, 1914)" by Robert W Service

In news:

Hives Inquiry Squad 1.11.11 on THE MELTING POT Radio show -Tuesdays 8-10pm( pst ) @www.KBOO.fm/listen.
Melting Pot 10-31-2010: Halloween Special with DJ Scott Craig and Denmark's Quadron .
She is a force of nature and a champion of Sicilian melting pot cuisine.
I'm sitting around, stewing in the "melting pot" mockery that has a big, rusty patch on its underside and is ready to spew out all the mush held inside.
We are the new melting pot of the United States, and L.A. Is a true rainbow of cultures and ethnicities.
Zydeco music is one of those uniquely American roots music genres born in the melting pot of Southwest Louisiana.
The sights and sounds of 40 cultures around the world that represent the melting pot that is Texas will be on display at the Texas Folklife Festival this weekend.
The United States has often been described as a melting pot because of its rich diversity.
Shred the cabbage, melt half the butter in a heavy pot.
"It's a great multicultural pansexual melting pot," said Jonathan Galkin, a co-founder of DFA Records, "probably the most truly New York-flavored music we've ever released.
The University City-area Melting Pot will be no more.
Cover detail from the compilation Diablos Del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot, 1960-1985.
I grew up about 30 minutes north of Boston in a town that was a virtual melting pot.
I grew up about 30 minutes north of Boston in a town that was a virtual melting pot — I was exposed to all different backgrounds, cultures, and religions, fueling my personal interests in global issues.
A melting pot of many cultures.
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In science:

Primordial alchemy: from the Big Bang to the present universe. Course of lectures at the XIII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics; Cosmochemistry: the melting pot of elements.(November 19 - 30, 2001; Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain) 2002; astro-ph 0.08186.
The Primordial Helium Abundance
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