from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate (the metals in an alloy) by melting the more fusible constituents while leaving the less fusible ones solid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To separate by fusion, as a more fusible from a less fusible material.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To melt; to become liquid.
- transitive v. To separate by fusion, as a more fusible from a less fusible material.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To melt; liquefy; specifically, in metallurgy, to separate, as one metal from another less fusible, by applying just sufficient heat to melt the more easily liquefiable, so that it can be run off from the other. Also eliquate.
- To become liquefied or dissolved; melt.
Latin liquāre, liquāt-, to melt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)