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MELT, verb transitive [Eng.smelt, smalt. We have in these words decisive evidence that s, in smelten, etc. is a prefix. melt in English, is regular, forming melted for its past tense and passive participle. The old participle molten, is used only as an adjective.]

1. To dissolve; to make liquid; to liquefy; to reduce from a solid to a liquid or flowing state by heat; as, to melt wax, tallow or lead; to melt ice or snow.

2. To dissolve; to reduce to first principles.

3. To soften to love or tenderness.

For pity melts the mind to love.

4. To waste away; to dissipate.

In general riot melted down thy youth.

5. To dishearten. Joshua 14:8.

MELT, verb intransitive To become liquid; to dissolve; to be changed from a fixed or solid to a flowing state.

And whiter snow in minutes melts away.

1. To be softened to love, pity, tenderness or sympathy; to become tender, mild or gentle.

MELTing with tenderness and mild compassion.

2. To be dissolved; to lose substance.

--And what seem'd corporal,

MELTed as breath into the wind.

3. To be subdued by affliction; to sink into weakness.

My soul melteth for heaviness--strengthen thou me. Psalms 119:28.

4. To faint; to be discouraged or disheartened.

As soon as we heard these things, our heart melted. Joshua 2:11.