Smelt meaning

smĕlt
To melt or fuse (ores) in order to separate the metallic constituents.
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To melt or fuse. Used of ores.
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To melt or fuse (ore, etc.) so as to separate impurities from pure metal.
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Production of metal, especially iron, from ore in a process that involves melting and chemical reduction of metal compounds into purified metal.
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Any of the various liquids or semi-molten solids produced and used during the course of such production.
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Any of various small silvery marine, freshwater, and anadromous food fishes of the family Osmeridae, found in cold waters of the Northern Hemisphere, especially Osmerus mordax of North America and O. eperlanus of Europe.
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Any of various fishes (order Salmoniformes); esp., any of a family (Osmeridae) of small, silvery, salmonoid food fishes found in northern seas or lakes: most run up rivers to spawn.
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To refine or extract (metal) in this way.
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To undergo fusing or smelting.
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To melt ores in order to extract the metals they contain. Oxide ores, such as iron ore, are smelted with carbon, which serves as a fuel and changes the ore into a reduced metal.
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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.
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Simple past tense and past participle of smell.
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To fuse or melt two things into one, especially in order to extract metal from ore; to meld.
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Origin of smelt

  • Dutch or Low German smelten from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German mel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English mel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant of the stem of Old English meltan (“to melt"), cognate with Dutch smelten and German schmelzen.

    From Wiktionary

  • From very early Middle English smel; likely to derive from Old English, but not recorded.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English smelt.

    From Wiktionary