[ UK /mˈɛlt/ ]
[ US /ˈmɛɫt/ ]
  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
  2. lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
    Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene
  3. become less intense and fade away gradually
    her resistance melted under his charm
    her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance
  4. become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
    With age, he mellowed
  5. become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly
    The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk
    The scene begins to fade
  6. become or cause to become soft or liquid
    The heat melted the wax
    The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase
    the ice thawed
    The sun melted the ice
    the ice cream melted
    dethaw the meat
  1. the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
    the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours
    the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster
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How To Use melt In A Sentence

  • On land, giant reservoirs holding saline water could be built to offset the rise in sea levels caused by the melting of the polar ice-caps.
  • I could perceive no trace of a metallic vein, so thoroughly had it been worked out, but scattered over the hillside with schist, talcose slate, and fragments of quartz, was a great deal of scoriae, showing that metal of some kind had been excavated, and that the smelting had been done on the spot. Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine
  • The use of steam-driven bellows in blast furnaces helped ironmakers switch over from charcoal (limited in quantity) to coke, which is made from coal, in the smelting of pig iron.
  • So there is mounting concern at the top of government about how close to meltdown the prison system is. The Sun
  • Toast sandwiches in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until outside is golden brown and inside is delightfully melty, about 3 minutes per side.
  • The rest of the explanation seeps out gradually as midnight melts into the early hours. Times, Sunday Times
  • Organic carbon mineralization was studied in a large humic lake in northern Sweden during a well-defined summer stratification period following high water flow during snowmelt.
  • It was a smile Elizabeth had never seen on her husband's face before; one so full of love and tenderness that her heart melted.
  • ‘We tooted and tooted,’ says Harry, ‘until the white sugar lump melted into the pale horizon.’
  • White snow gently fell onto the glass of the skylight, melting away.
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