Melt (?), n. Zool.

See 2d Milt.


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Melt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Melted (obs.) p. p. Molten (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Melting.] [AS. meltan; akin to Gr. , E. malt, and prob. to E. smelt, v. . Cf. Smelt, v., Malt, Milt the spleen.]


To reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy; as, to mell wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or snow.


Hence: 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. Shak.

For pity melts the mind to love. Dryden.

Syn. -- To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften.


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Melt, v. i.


To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures.


To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.


Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.

My soul melteth for heaviness. Ps. cxix. 28.

Melting with tenderness and kind compassion. Shak.


To lose distinct form or outline; to blend.

The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other. J. C. Shairp.


To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away.



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