- smeltsmelt1 [smelt]n.pl. smelts or smelt [ME < OE, akin to Norw smelt, whiting, Du smelt, Ger schmelte, sand eel]any of various fishes (order Salmoniformes); esp., any of a family (Osmeridae) of small, silvery, salmonoid food fishes found in northern seas or lakes: most run up rivers to spawnsmelt2 [smelt]vt.[MDu or MLowG smelten, akin to Ger schmelzen < IE * (s)mel-, to crush, grind fine > MELT, MALT]1. to melt or fuse (ore, etc.) so as to separate impurities from pure metal2. to refine or extract (metal) in this wayvi.to undergo fusing or smeltingsmelt3 [smelt]vt., vi.pt. & pp. ofchiefly Brit.Brit. SMELL
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.