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  Dictionary Definition of melt

verb ( melted, melted or molten, melting )

-- verb (i)
1. to become liquefied by heat, as ice, snow, butter, metal, etc.
2. (not in scientific use) to become liquid; dissolve.
3. to pass, dwindle or fade gradually.
4. to become softened in feeling by pity, sympathy, love, or the like.
5. Archaic. to fail; to faint, as the heart or soul, from fear, grief, etc.
-- verb (t)
6. to reduce to a liquid state by heat; fuse.
7. to soften in feeling, as a person, the heart, etc.
-- noun
8. the act or process of melting.
9. the state of being melted.
10. that which is melted.
11. a quantity melted at one time.
12. Also, milt. the spleen of an animal, especially a pig, ox, etc.
-- phrase
13. melt into. to pass, change, or blend gradually into.
14. melt something away, to cause to pass or fade away.
[ME melte ( n ), OE meltan, verb (i), m ( i ) eltan, verb (t); akin to Icel. melta digest, Greek méldein melt]
-- melter, noun