1. the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid;
- Example: "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"
- Example: "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"
[syn: thaw, melt, thawing, melting]
1. reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating;
- Example: "melt butter"
- Example: "melt down gold"
- Example: "The wax melted in the sun"
[syn: melt, run, melt down]
2. become or cause to become soft or liquid;
- Example: "The sun melted the ice"
- Example: "the ice thawed"
- Example: "the ice cream melted"
- Example: "The heat melted the wax"
- Example: "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"
- Example: "dethaw the meat"
[syn: dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt]
3. become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial;
- Example: "With age, he mellowed"
[syn: mellow, melt, mellow out]
4. lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually;
- Example: "Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene"
[syn: melt, meld]
5. become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly;
- Example: "The scene begins to fade"
- Example: "The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk"
[syn: fade, melt]
6. become less intense and fade away gradually;
- Example: "her resistance melted under his charm"
- Example: "her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance"
[syn: melt, disappear, evaporate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Melt \Melt\, v. i. 1. To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures. [1913 Webster] 2. To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear. [1913 Webster] My soul melteth for heaviness. --Ps. cxix. 28. [1913 Webster] Melting with tenderness and kind compassion. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To lose distinct form or outline; to blend. See fondue. [1913 Webster] The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other. --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster] 5. To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Melt \Melt\ (m[e^]lt), n. (Zool.) See 2d Milt. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Melt \Melt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Melted (obs.) p. p. Molten; p. pr. & vb. n. Melting.] [AS. meltan; akin to Gr. me`ldein, E. malt, and prob. to E. smelt, v. [root]108. Cf. Smelt, v., Malt, Milt the spleen.] 1. To reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy; as, to melt wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or snow. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Thou would'st have . . . melted down thy youth. --Shak. [1913 Webster] For pity melts the mind to love. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Syn: To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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