What does smelt mean?

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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

  6. Origin: [Of foreign origin; cf. Sw. smlta, D. smelten, Dan. smelte, Icel. smelta, G. schmelzen OHG. smelzan, smelzen; probably akin to Gr. . Cf. Enamel, Melt, Mute, v. i., Smalt.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smelt

    smelt, n. a fish of the salmon or trout family, having a cucumber-like smell and a delicious flavour. [A.S. smelt.]

  2. Smelt

    smelt, v.t. to melt ore in order to separate the metal.—ns. Smel′ter; Smel′tery, a place for smelting; Smel′ting; Smel′ting-fur′nace, -house, -works. [Scand., Sw. smälta, to smelt.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smelt in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smelt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Josh Billings:

    Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.

  2. Peter Moyle:

    We have 80 fish species in California, like the delta smelt, that are in trouble, there are other species deserving of protection.

  3. Peter Moyle:

    Trying to blame fish for a shortage of water just is n’t right and is n’t true, the delta smelt is in decline because the delta is in decline.

  4. Joseph Hing:

    As we sailed closer, we started to smell the dead carcasses of livestock that were floating past the ships. When we smelt those, we knew that this disaster was really, really bad.

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