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Meaning of SMELT

Pronunciation:  smelt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters
  2. [n]  small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water
  3. [v]  extract (metals) by heating

SMELT is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: American smelt, capelan, capelin, caplin, create, European smelt, European smelt, family Osmeridae, fish, heat, heat up, make, malacopterygian, Osmeridae, Osmerus eperlanus, Osmerus mordax, produce, rainbow smelt, rainbow smelt, smelt, smelt, soft-finned fish, sparling, sparling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Smelt\,
    imp. & p. p. of {Smell}.
  2. \Smelt\, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) 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.
    Note: The most important species are the European smelt
          ({Osmerus eperlans}) (called also {eperlan},
          {sparling}, and {spirling}), the Eastern American smelt
          ({O. mordax}), the California smelt ({O. thalichthys}),
          and the surf smelt ({Hypomesus olidus}). The name is
          loosely applied to various other small fishes, as the
          lant, the California tomcod, the spawn eater, the
    2. Fig.: A gull; a simpleton. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
    {Sand smelt} (Zo["o]l.), the silverside.
  3. \Smelt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smelted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Smelting}.] [Of foreign origin; cf. Sw. sm["a]lta, D.
    smelten, Dan. smelte, Icel. smelta, G. schmelzen OHG.
    smelzan, smelzen; probably akin to Gr. ?????. Cf. {Enamel},
    {Melt}, {Mute}, v. i., {Smalt}.] (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; as, to smelt tin.