Melt Melt, v. i. 1. To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures. [1913 Webster]

2. To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear. [1913 Webster]

My soul melteth for heaviness. --Ps. cxix. 28. [1913 Webster]

Melting with tenderness and kind compassion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To lose distinct form or outline; to blend. See {fondue}. [1913 Webster]

The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other. --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]

5. To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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