I. noun (plural smelts or smelt) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Norwegian smelte whiting Date: before 12th century any of a family (Osmeridae) of small bony fishes that closely resemble the trouts in general structure, live along coasts and ascend rivers to spawn or are landlocked, and have delicate oily flesh with a distinctive odor and taste II. transitive verb Etymology: Dutch or Low German smelten; akin to Old High German smelzan to melt, Old English meltan — more at melt Date: 1543 1. to melt or fuse (as ore) often with an accompanying chemical change usually to separate the metal 2. refine, reduce

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(as ore),

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  • Smelt — Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes. They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smelt — smelt1 [smelt] n. pl. smelts or smelt [ME < OE, akin to Norw smelt, whiting, Du smelt, Ger schmelte, sand eel] any of various fishes (order Salmoniformes); esp., any of a family (Osmeridae) of small, silvery, salmonoid food fishes found in… …   English World dictionary

  • smelt — smelt·er·man; smelt; smelt·er; smelt·ery; …   English syllables

  • Smelt — Smelt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smelted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smelting}.] [Of foreign origin; cf. Sw. sm[ a]lta, D. smelten, Dan. smelte, Icel. smelta, G. schmelzen OHG. smelzan, smelzen; probably akin to Gr. ?????. Cf. {Enamel}, {Melt}, {Mute}, v. i.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smelt — Smelt, imp. & p. p. of {Smell}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smelt — sb., en, er el. smelt, e(r)ne (en fisk) …   Dansk ordbog

  • smelt — Ⅰ. smelt [1] ► VERB ▪ extract (metal) from its ore by a process involving heating and melting. DERIVATIVES smelter noun. ORIGIN Dutch, Low German smelten. Ⅱ. smelt [3] …   English terms dictionary

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  • smelt — n. small silvery edible fish native of cold northern waters (in Europe and North America) v. melt or fuse ore to extract the metal content smel n. act of smelling, sniffing; sense of smell; scent, odor, fragrance; characteristic quality, aura v.… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • smelt — smelt1 /smelt/, v.t. 1. to fuse or melt (ore) in order to separate the metal contained. 2. to obtain or refine (metal) in this way. [1535 45; prob. < MD or MLG smelten; c. G schmelzen to MELT1, smelt] smelt2 /smelt/, n., pl. (esp …   Universalium

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