Melt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Melted (obs.) p. p. Molten p. pr. & vb. n. Melting.]
1. To reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy; as, to melt wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or snow.
2. Hence: To soften, as by a warming or kindly influence; to relax; to render gentle or susceptible to mild influences; sometimes, in a bad sense, to take away the firmness of; to weaken.
Thou would'st have . . . melted down thy youth. --Shak.
For pity melts the mind to love. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften.
Melt·ing, n. Liquefaction; the act of causing (something) to melt, or the process of becoming melted.
Melting point Chem., the degree of temperature at which a solid substance melts or fuses; as, the melting point of ice is 0° Centigrade or 32° Fahr., that of urea is 132° Centigrade. Pressure affects the melting point somewhat, and if not specified the melting point is usually taken to be at atmospheric pressure.
Melt·ing a. Causing to melt; becoming melted; -- used literally or figuratively; as, a melting heat; a melting appeal; a melting mood. -- Melt*ing*ly, adv.
adj : becoming liquid [syn: liquescent]
n : the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a
liquid; "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt
that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey
takes several hours" [syn: thaw, melt, thawing]