Synonyms for melting

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Gypsy showed signs of melting, whinnying softly and forgivingly.

The sun was now well up in the sky, and the snow was melting.

For many months of the year the only water they have is obtained by melting snow or ice.

The mist was melting into a yellowish drizzle, befouling the muddy streets.

The heat was melting the snow on her hair and clothes, and she was dripping.

It was the terrified end of a day melting into a night of death.

He looked like a man who was melting before a fire as surely as a piece of wax.

"Some affair of the heart, dear Baron," said the little Princess, with a melting look.

It was eleven o'clock, and the sun was shining on the melting snow.

But he looked at her gravely, and without any sign of melting.

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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