smelt

smelt
smelt
smelt1 [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 spawn
smelt2 [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 metal
2. to refine or extract (metal) in this way
vi.
to undergo fusing or smelting
smelt3 [smelt]
vt., vi.
pt. & pp. ofchiefly Brit.Brit. SMELL

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  • smelt — n. small silvery edible fish native of cold northern waters (in Europe and North America) v. melt or fuse ore to extract the metal content smel n. act of smelling, sniffing; sense of smell; scent, odor, fragrance; characteristic quality, aura v.… …   English contemporary dictionary

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