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small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water
small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters
extract (metals) by heating
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A small sea fish.
Etymology: smelt , Saxon.
Of round fish there are brit, sprat, barn, smelts. Carew.
Smeltthe preterite and participle pass. of smell.
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.
imp. & p. p. of Smell
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
a gull; a simpleton
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
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
smelt, n. a fish of the salmon or trout family, having a cucumber-like smell and a delicious flavour. [A.S. 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
[Anglo-Saxon, smylt]. The fry of salmon, samlet, or Salmo eperlanus.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
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.
The numerical value of smelt in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of smelt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of smelt in a Sentence
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
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.
My wife called me from Northland Library and said that her car smelt like it was burning, and was making a weird sound.
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.
We have 80 fish species in California, like the delta smelt, that are in trouble, there are other species deserving of protection.
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