Pronunciation Noun


  1. Molten material, the product of melting.
  2. The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state.
  3. The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.
  4. A melt sandwich.
  5. A wax-based substance for use in an oil burner as an alternative to mixing oils and water.
  6. (UK, slang, derogatory) An idiot.
  • German: Schmelze
  • Russian: распла́в
  • Spanish: material fundido
  • Russian: плавле́ние
Translations Verb

melt (melts, present participle melting; past melted, past participle melted)

  1. (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.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To dissolve, disperse, vanish.
    His troubles melted away.
  3. (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.
  4. (intransitive) To be discouraged.
  5. (intransitive, figurative) To be emotionally softened or touched.
    She melted when she saw the romantic message in the Valentine's Day card.
  6. (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
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