from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To melt away.
- intransitive v. To disappear as if by melting.
- intransitive v. Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
- intransitive v. Botany To branch out into numerous subdivisions that lack a main axis, as the stem of an elm.
- intransitive v. Botany To become fluid or soft on maturing, as certain fungi.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To melt and disappear.
- v. To become liquid by absorbing water from the atmosphere.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To melt or dissolve gradually, or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts; melt away.
- In vegetable histology, to liquefy or melt away gradually, as part of the normal process of growth: said of certain tissues, especially the gills of fungi of the genus Coprinus. It differs from the analogous process in salts, being a vital phenomenon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
- v. melt away in the process of decay
Latin dēliquēscere : dē-, de- + liquēscere, to melt, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)