Definition of


  1. (noun, process) the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
    the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours
  2. (verb, change) become less intense and fade away gradually
    her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance
  3. (verb, change) become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly
    The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk
  4. (verb, change) become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
  5. (verb, change) become or cause to become soft or liquid
    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
  6. (verb, change) lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
  7. (verb, change) reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
    melt down gold
    The wax melted in the sun

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Melt

  1. O.E. meltan "become liquid" (class III strong verb; past tense mealt, pp. molten), from P.Gmc. *meltanan; fused with O.E. gem?ltan (Anglian), gemyltan (W.Saxon) "make liquid," from P.Gmc. *gamaltijanan (cf. O.N. melta "to digest"), both from PIE *meld- "softness" (cf. Gk. meldein "to melt," L. mollis "… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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