From Middle English melten, from Old English meltan (“to consume by fire, melt, burn up; dissolve, digest”) and Old English mieltan (“to melt; digest; refine, purge; exhaust”), from Proto-Germanic *meltaną (“to dissolve, melt”) and Proto-Germanic *maltijaną (“to dissolve, melt”), both from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meld- (“melt”). Cognate with Icelandic melta (“to melt, digest”).
- 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.
- 2002, Tod Dimmick, Complete idiot's guide to 20-minute meals:
- I recently asked a group of people whether they had eaten tuna melts as a kid. Everyone remembered a version of this dish.
- A wax-based substance for use in an oil burner as an alternative to mixing oils and water.
- (Britain, slang, derogatory) An idiot.
- 2017, Love Island On Paper: The Official Love Island Guide to Grafting, Cracking On and Mugging Off, →ISBN, page 12:
- Over the course of this chapter on 'Love Island Essentials' we'll be charting exactly who went with who, showing you around the villa, and equipping you with the vocabulary you'll need to avoid looking like a melt and get grafting like a true Islander.
- (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, figurative) To dissolve, disperse, vanish.
- His troubles melted away.
- 2008 October, Davy Rothbart, “How I caught up with dad”, in Men's Health, volume 23, number 8, ISSN 1054-4836, page 110:
- I gave him a couple of Advil and, after a few minutes, urged him back onto the track. Over the next few laps his pained expression slowly melted, although he still shuffled with a slight limp.
- (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: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Thou would'st have […] melted down thy youth.
- 1687, John Dryden, A Song for Cecilia's Day
- 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.
- I need shade! I'm melting!