(1)   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"


(2)   Become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly
"The scene begins to fade"
"The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk"
(3)   Become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
"With age, he mellowed"
(4)   Become or cause to become soft or liquid
"The sun melted the ice"
"The ice thawed"
"The ice cream melted"
"The heat melted the wax"
"The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"
"Dethaw the meat"
(5)   Lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
"Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene"
(6)   Reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
"Melt butter"
"Melt down gold"
"The wax melted in the sun"


  1. molten material, the product of melting.
  2. The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state
  3. The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.
  4. A melt sandwich.
    • 2002, Tod Dimmick, Complete idiot's guide to 20-minute meals‎
      I recently asked a group of peope whether they had eaten tuna melts as a kid. Everyone remembered a version of this dish.


  1. To transit (or to change) the matter from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat.
    I melted butter to make a cake.
  2. To change gradually (or to become transited) from a solid state to a liquid state; to be melted
    The snowman will disappear; he will melt.
  3. To dissolve, disperse, vanish.
    His troubles melted away.
  4. To be very hot and sweat profusely.
    Help me! I'm melting!