EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MELT AWAY

I did not awake; things did not melt away in a mist before my eyes.

Just as they seemed now about to melt away to urgent tasks, he called them back.

Its edges seemed to melt away in the flight of the water-dust.

Paul promised, and all the estrangement seemed to melt away.

Get the money from Major Ponsford and melt away inconspicuous into the brush.

To the surprise of the officers and of the Governor, the crowd began to melt away.

At her death it was divided, and among so many that it seemed to melt away.

His reserve seemed to melt away the moment he was on his own soil.

The line of officers dissolved, and the spectators began to melt away.

Mammy says I can't eat it, and it will all melt away if I keep it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English meltan "become liquid, consume by fire, burn up" (class III strong verb; past tense mealt, past participle molten), from Proto-Germanic *meltanan; fused with Old English gemæltan (Anglian), gemyltan (West Saxon) "make liquid," from Proto-Germanic *gamaltijanan (cf. Old Norse melta "to digest"), both from PIE *meldh-, (cf. Sanskrit mrduh "soft, mild," Greek meldein "to melt, make liquid," Latin mollis "soft, mild"), from root *mel- "soft," with derivatives referring to soft or softened (especially ground) materials (see mild). Figurative use by c.1200. Related: Melted; melting.

Of food, to melt in (one's) mouth is from 1690s. Melting pot is from 1540s; figurative use from 1855; popularized with reference to America by play "The Melting Pot" by Israel Zangwill (1908).

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