American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To melt or fuse (ores) in order to separate the metallic constituents.
- v. To melt or fuse. Used of ores.
- n. Any of various small silvery marine and freshwater food fishes of the family Osmeridae, found in cold waters of the Northern Hemisphere, especially Osmerus mordax of North America and O. eperlanus of Europe.
- v. A past tense and a past participle of smell.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fuse; melt; specifically, to treat (ore) in the large way, and chiefly in a furnace or by the aid of heat, for the purpose of separating the contained metal. Metallurgical operations carried on in the moist way, as the amalgamation of gold and silver ores in pans, treatment by lixiviation, etc., are not generally designated by the term smelting. Establishments where this is done are more commonly called mills or reduction-works, and those in which iron is smelted are usually designated as blast-furnaces or iron-furnaces. The various smelting operations differ greatly from each other, according to the nature of the combinations operated on. Simple ores, like galena, require only a very simple series of operations, which are essentially continuous in one and the same furnace; more complicated combinations, like the mixtures of various cupriferous ores smelted at Swansea by the English method, require several successive operations, entirely disconnected from each other, and performed in different furnaces. In the most general way, the essential order of succession of the various processes by which the sulphureted ores (and most ores are sulphurets) are treated is as follows:
- To fuse; melt; dissolve.
- n. Any one of various small fishes. A small fish of the family Argentinidæ and the genus Osmerus, The common European smelt is the sparling, O. eperlanus; it becomes about 10 to 12 inches long, and is of an olive-green above and a silvery white below, with a silver longitudinal lateral band. It exhales when fresh a peculiar scent suggesting the cucumber. This fish is prized as a delicacy. The corresponding American smelt is O. mordax, of the Atlantic coast from Virginia northward, anadromous to some extent, and otherwise very similar to the sparling. There are several true smelts of the Pacific coast of North America, as O. thaleichthys, the Californian smelts and O. dentex, the Alaska smelt.
- n. A gull; a simpleton.
- n. Any small anadromous fish of the family Osmeridae, found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and in lakes in North America and northern part of Europe.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of smell.
- n. Production of metal, especially iron, from ore in a process that involves melting and chemical reduction of metal compounds into purified metal.
- n. Any of the various liquids or semi-molten solids produced and used during the course of such production.
- v. to fuse two things into one, especially when involving ores; to meld
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. & p. p. of smell.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus Osmerus and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes. They are esteemed as food, and have a peculiar odor and taste.
- n. obsolete A gull; a simpleton.
- v. (Metal.) To melt or fuse, as, ore, for the purpose of separating and refining the metal; hence, to reduce; to refine; to flux or scorify.
- n. small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water
- v. extract (metals) by heating
- n. small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters
- Variant of the stem of Old English meltan ("to melt"), cognate with Dutch smelten and German schmelzen. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch or Low German smelten, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.Middle English, from Old English; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Already the _Votaress's_ divine breath smelt of coffee, real coffee -- _chaud comme l'enfer et noir comme le diable -- smelt_ of it, as, we fear, we shall never smell it again in this trust-ridden world.”
“The delta smelt is a handy whipping boy for the likes of Rep. Devin Nunes, who has tried to suspend the ESA to prevent what he calls a “government imposed dust bowl.””
“Orange and black super smelt is the one of choice.”
“I have caught pike thru the ice using dressed smelt from the grocery store because they were oily and had "fragrance".”
“Solomonic (?) description is very correct; the shrub affects vineyards, and about Bombay forms fine hedges which can be smelt from a distance.”
“When he turned the tables by talking of slander, loss of time, and compensation, Daddy Darwin smelt money, and tremblingly whispered to Master Shaw to apologise and get out of it.”
“But the smelt is only a symptom of the collapse of one of America’s most important ecosystems, a collapse that has been building for decades and affects not just the smelt, but salmon, steelhead and about 750 other species of fish, birds and animals – 18 of which are designated as threatened or endangered by the state and federal governments.”
“Weight: ¼ oz. Details: This lure best resembles a rainbow smelt, which is a main food source for our walleye.”
“Maybe the smelt were a little too adventurous for me, so we ordered teba wings and sautéed mushrooms.”
“Every word smelt of the meadowsweet that grew thick upon the banks; now, as he recalled the cadence and the phrase that had seemed so charming, he saw again the ferns beneath the vaulted roots of the beech, and the green light of the glowworm in the hedge.”
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