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MELT, v.t. [Eng.smelt,smalt. We have in these words decisive evidence that s, in smelten, &c. is a prefix. Melt, in English, is regular, forming melted for its past tense and passive participle. The old participle molten, is used only as an adjective.]

1. To dissolve; to make liquid; to liquefy; to reduce from a solid to a liquid or flowing state by heat; as, to melt wax, tallow or lead; to melt ice or snow.

2. To dissolve; to reduce to first principles.

3. To soften to love or tenderness.

For pity melts the mind to love.

4. To waste away; to dissipate.

In general riot melted down thy youth.

5. To dishearten. Josh.14.

MELT, v.i. To become liquid; to dissolve; to be changed from a fixed or solid to a flowing state.

And whiter snow in minutes melts away.

1. To be softened to love, pity, tenderness or sympathy; to become tender, mild or gentle.

Melting with tenderness and mild compassion.

2. To be dissolved; to lose substance.

--And what seem'd corporal,

Melted as breath into the wind.

3. To be subdued by affliction; to sink into weakness.

My soul melteth for heaviness--strengthen thou me. Ps.119.

4. To faint; to be discouraged or disheartened.

As soon as we heard these things, our heart melted. Josh.2.



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MELT, v.t. [Eng.smelt,smalt. We have in these words decisive evidence that s, in smelten, &c. is a prefix. Melt, in English, is regular, forming melted for its past tense and passive participle. The old participle molten, is used only as an adjective.]

1. To dissolve; to make liquid; to liquefy; to reduce from a solid to a liquid or flowing state by heat; as, to melt wax, tallow or lead; to melt ice or snow.

2. To dissolve; to reduce to first principles.

3. To soften to love or tenderness.

For pity melts the mind to love.

4. To waste away; to dissipate.

In general riot melted down thy youth.

5. To dishearten. Josh.14.

MELT, v.i. To become liquid; to dissolve; to be changed from a fixed or solid to a flowing state.

And whiter snow in minutes melts away.

1. To be softened to love, pity, tenderness or sympathy; to become tender, mild or gentle.

Melting with tenderness and mild compassion.

2. To be dissolved; to lose substance.

--And what seem'd corporal,

Melted as breath into the wind.

3. To be subdued by affliction; to sink into weakness.

My soul melteth for heaviness--strengthen thou me. Ps.119.

4. To faint; to be discouraged or disheartened.

As soon as we heard these things, our heart melted. Josh.2.

MELT, v.i.

  1. To become liquid; to dissolve; to be changed from a fixed or solid to a flowing state. And whiter snow in minutes melts away. Dryden.
  2. To be softened to love, pity, tenderness or sympathy; become tender, mild, or gentle. Melting with tenderness and mild compassion. Shak.
  3. To be dissolved; to lose substance. And what seem'd corporal, / Melted as breath into the wind. Shak.
  4. To be subdued by affliction; to sink into weakness. My soul melteth for heaviness-strengthen thou me. Ps. cxix.
  5. To faint; to be discouraged or disheartened. As soon as we heard these things, our heart melted. Josh. ii.

MELT, v.t. [Sax. meltan; Gr. μελδω; D. smelten; G. schmelzen; Sw. smälta; Dan. smelter; whence Eng. smelt, smalt. We have in these words decisive evidence that s, in smelten, &c. is a prefix. Melt, in English is regular, forming melted for its past tense and passive participle. The old participle molten, is used only as an adjective. This verb belongs to a numerous class of words in Ml, denoting soft or softness. See Class Ml, No. 10, 18, 19.]

  1. To dissolve; to make liquid; to liquefy; to reduce from a solid to a liquid or flowing state by heat; as, to melt wax, tallow or lead; to melt ice or snow.
  2. To dissolve; to reduce to first principles. Burnet
  3. To soften to love or tenderness. For pity melts the mind to love. Dryden.
  4. To waste away; to dissipate. In general riot melted down thy youth. Shak.
  5. To dishearten. Josh. xiv.

Melt
  1. See 2d Milt.
  2. 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.
  3. To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures.
  4. 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.

    Thou would'st have . . . melted down thy youth. Shak.

    For pity melts the mind to love. Dryden.

    Syn. -- To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften.

  5. To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.
  6. Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.

    My soul melteth for heaviness. Ps. cxix. 28.

    Melting with tenderness and kind compassion. Shak.

  7. To lose distinct form or outline; to blend.

    The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other. J. C. Shairp.

  8. To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away.

    Shak.
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Melt

MELT, verb transitive [Eng.smelt, smalt. We have in these words decisive evidence that s, in smelten, etc. is a prefix. melt in English, is regular, forming melted for its past tense and passive participle. The old participle molten, is used only as an adjective.]

1. To dissolve; to make liquid; to liquefy; to reduce from a solid to a liquid or flowing state by heat; as, to melt wax, tallow or lead; to melt ice or snow.

2. To dissolve; to reduce to first principles.

3. To soften to love or tenderness.

For pity melts the mind to love.

4. To waste away; to dissipate.

In general riot melted down thy youth.

5. To dishearten. Joshua 14:8.

MELT, verb intransitive To become liquid; to dissolve; to be changed from a fixed or solid to a flowing state.

And whiter snow in minutes melts away.

1. To be softened to love, pity, tenderness or sympathy; to become tender, mild or gentle.

MELTing with tenderness and mild compassion.

2. To be dissolved; to lose substance.

--And what seem'd corporal,

MELTed as breath into the wind.

3. To be subdued by affliction; to sink into weakness.

My soul melteth for heaviness--strengthen thou me. Psalms 119:28.

4. To faint; to be discouraged or disheartened.

As soon as we heard these things, our heart melted. Joshua 2:11.

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