Origin of smeltMiddle English ; from OE, akin to Norwegian smelt, whiting, Dutch smelt, German schmelte, sand eel
- to melt or fuse (ore, etc.) so as to separate impurities from pure metal
- to refine or extract (metal) in this way
Origin of smeltMiddle Dutch or Middle Low German smelten, akin to German schmelzen ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)mel-, to crush, grind fine from source melt, malt
nounpl. smelts or smelt
Origin of smeltMiddle English, from Old English; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
verbsmelt·ed, smelt·ing, smelts
Origin of smeltDutch or Low German smelten, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Any small anadromous fish of the family Osmeridae, found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and in lakes in North America and northern part of Europe.
From Old English smelt.
- Simple past tense and past participle of smell.
From very early Middle English smel; likely to derive from Old English, but not recorded.
(third-person singular simple present smelts, present participle smelting, simple past and past participle smelted)
Variant of the stem of Old English meltan (“to melt"), cognate with Dutch smelten and German schmelzen.