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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smeltnoun

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

  2. smeltverb

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

  3. smeltverb

    extract (metals) by heating

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smeltnoun

    A small sea fish.

    Etymology: smelt , Saxon.

    Of round fish there are brit, sprat, barn, smelts. Carew.

  2. Smeltthe preterite and participle pass. of smell.

  3. To Smeltverb

    To melt oar, so as to extract the metal.

    Etymology: smalta, Islandick; smelten, Dutch.

    A sort of earth, of a dusky red colour, found chiefly in iron mines. Some of this earth contains as much iron as to render it worth smelting. John Woodward.


  1. smelt

    Smelt has two primary definitions: 1) As a verb, "to smelt" refers to the process of extracting a metal from its ore by a process involving heating and melting. This is commonly used in the context of mining and metallurgy. 2) As a noun, "smelt" is a type of small silvery fish found in both salt and fresh water across the world, often used for food.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smelt

    of Smell

  2. Smelt

    imp. & p. p. of Smell

  3. Smeltnoun

    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. Smeltnoun

    a gull; a simpleton

  5. Smeltverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. smelt

    [Anglo-Saxon, smylt]. The fry of salmon, samlet, or Salmo eperlanus.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SMELT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smelt is ranked #126018 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Smelt surname appeared 136 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Smelt.

    97% or 132 total occurrences were White.

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  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

Examples of smelt in a Sentence

  1. Peter Moyle:

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

  2. Chris Persic:

    My wife called me from Northland Library and said that her car smelt like it was burning, and was making a weird sound.

  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.

  5. Josh Billings:

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

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