- IPA: /mɛlt/
- Molten material, the product of melting.
- The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state.
- The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.
- A melt sandwich.
- A wax-based substance for use in an oil burner as an alternative to mixing oils and water.
- (UK, slang, derogatory) An idiot.
- German: Schmelze
- Russian: распла́в
- Spanish: material fundido
- Russian: плавле́ние
- German: Schmelzwasser
- Russian: та́яние
melt (melts, present participle melting; past melted, past participle melted)
- (ergative) To change (or to be changed) from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat.
- I melted butter to make a cake.
- When the weather is warm, the snowman will disappear; he will melt.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To dissolve, disperse, vanish.
- His troubles melted away.
- (transitive, figurative) 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.
- c. 1605–1608, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Tymon of Athens”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Thou would'st have […] melted down thy youth.
- For pity melts the mind to love.
- (intransitive) To be discouraged.
- (intransitive, figurative) To be emotionally softened or touched.
- She melted when she saw the romantic message in the Valentine's Day card.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To be very hot and sweat profusely.
- Help me! I'm melting!
- (change from solid to liquid) to found#Etymology 3|found, to thaw
- French: fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)
- German: schmelzen
- Italian: sciogliere, fondere
- Portuguese: derreter, fundir
- Russian: (snow, ice, butter, hope) та́ять
- Spanish: derretirse, fundirse