Syn. To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften.
(Melt), v. i.
1. To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at
2. To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.
3. Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.
My soul melteth for heaviness.Ps. cxix. 28.
Melting with tenderness and kind compassion.Shak.
4. To lose distinct form or outline; to blend.
The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other.J. C.
5. To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away. Shak.
(Melt"a*ble) a. Capable of being melted.
(Melt"er) n. One who, or that which, melts.
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. Melting pot, a vessel
in which anything is melted; a crucible.
(Melt"ing), n. Liquefaction; the act of causing (something) to melt, or the process of becoming
(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.
(Mel"ton) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A kind of stout woolen cloth with unfinished face and without
raised nap. A commoner variety has a cotton warp.
(Mem"ber) v. t. [See Remember.] To remember; to cause to remember; to mention. [Obs.]
(Mem"ber), n. [OE. membre, F. membre, fr. L. membrum; cf. Goth. mimz flesh, Skr. mamsa.]
1. (Anat.) A part of an animal capable of performing a distinct office; an organ; a limb.
We have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office.Rom. xii. 4.
2. Hence, a part of a whole; an independent constituent of a body; as: (a) A part of a discourse or of
a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse. (b) (Math.) Either of the two parts of an algebraic
equation, connected by the sign of equality. (c) (Engin.) Any essential part, as a post, tie rod, strut,
etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss. (d) (Arch.) Any part of a building, whether constructional,
as a pier, column, lintel, or the like, or decorative, as a molding, or group of moldings. (e) One of the
persons composing a society, community, or the like; an individual forming part of an association; as, a
member of the society of Friends.
Compression member, Tension member (Engin.), a member, as a rod, brace, etc., which is subjected
to compression or tension, respectively.
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