To melt means to fade away slowly and disappear, like a snowman in the middle of the Sahara.

"I'm melting! I'm melting!" — Those are the feeble cries of ice cubes on a hot summer day and Wicked Witches doused with water by a meddling girl from Kansas. To melt a stick of butter into liquid form sounds like an excellent idea for your popcorn — but perhaps not for your diet. And when your puppy looks up at you with those big brown puppy eyes, your heart probably melts — even if he just ate your slippers.

Definitions of melt

v 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”
melt down, run
bleed, run
be diffused
make liquid or plastic by heating
render, try
melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
Type of:
break up, dissolve, resolve
cause to go into a solution

v become or cause to become soft or liquid

“The sun melted the ice”
“the ice cream melted
“The heat melted the wax”
dethaw, dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw
melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
de-ice, defrost, deice
make or become free of frost or ice
Type of:
flux, liquefy, liquify
become liquid or fluid when heated

v become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly

“The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk”
Type of:
become weaker

v lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually

“Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene”
Type of:
blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
mix together different elements

v become less intense and fade away gradually

“her resistance melted under his charm”
disappear, evaporate
Type of:
become weaker

v become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial

mellow, mellow out
soften, make mellow
Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid

“the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster”
melting, thaw, thawing
Type of:
heating, warming
the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature
phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change
a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition

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