Definitions for smeltsmɛlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to fuse or melt (ore) so as to separate the metal in it.

    Category: Metallurgy

  2. to obtain or refine (metal) in this way.

    Category: Metallurgy

Origin of smelt:

1535–45; prob. < MD or MLG smelten, c. OHG smelzan

smeltsmɛlt(n.)(pl.)smelt; smelts.

  1. any of various small, silvery food fishes of the family Osmeridae, found in northern waters.

    Category: Ichthyology

Origin of smelt:

bef. 900


  1. Ref: a pt. and pp. of smell .

Princeton's WordNet

  1. smelt(noun)

    small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water

  2. smelt(verb)

    small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters

  3. smelt(verb)

    extract (metals) by heating

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smelt

    of Smell

  2. Smelt

    imp. & p. p. of Smell

  3. Smelt(noun)

    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 are esteemed as food, and have a peculiar odor and taste

  4. Smelt(noun)

    a gull; a simpleton

  5. Smelt(verb)

    to melt or fuse, as, ore, for the purpose of separating and refining the metal; hence, to reduce; to refine; to flux or scorify; as, to smelt tin

Anagrams of smelt

  1. Melts

Translations for smelt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to melt (ore) in order to separate metal from waste.

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