Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy;
meltwax, tallow, or lead; to
meltice or snow.
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 . . .
melteddown thy youth.
meltsthe mind to love.
Syn. – To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften.
To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat;
as, butter and wax.
meltat moderate temperatures
meltsin the mouth
To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.
Ps. cxix. 28.
Meltingwith tenderness and kind compassion.
To lose distinct form or outline; to blend. See
The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and
meltinginto each other.
J. C. Shairp.
To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated;
as, the fog.
Webster 1828 Edition
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. Josh.14.
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. Ps.119.
4.To faint; to be discouraged or disheartened.
As soon as we heard these things, our heart melted. Josh.2.