When Earth first formed, its surface was molten, so there are no rocks for us to study from that era.
And Alan Greenspan, clutching a copy of Atlas Shrugged, boils in a bath of molten gold.
Pour the syrup immediately on to the Bake-O-Glide or oiled-foil-lined tray, trying to spread the molten liquid in a thin layer.
In another clip, an angel made from what appears to be molten lava crawls out of the earth.
There is no better thing on a Sunday afternoon than a fruity, molten, crunchy crumble.
Then, with a cleft stick, he takes a hook and puts its straight stem into the molten cake.
And his molten ponderings kept alight the fires in his face.
It occurred to me that when molten cast iron cools it exerts a tremendous pressure.
Through the trees the waters of the bay glinted like molten silver.
In a moment the cast drops like a breath on the molten silver.
late 13c., from archaic past participle of Old English meltian, a class III strong verb (see melt (v.)).
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).
1854, "molten metal," from melt (v.). In reference to a type of sandwich topped by melted cheese, 1980, American English.
To change from a solid to a liquid state by heating or being heated with sufficient energy at the melting point. See also heat of fusion.