1 [smelt]

1535–45; probably < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German smelten; cognate with German schmelzen to melt1, smelt Unabridged


3 [smelt]
a simple past tense and past participle of smell. Unabridged
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smelt1 (smɛlt)
(tr) to extract (a metal) from (an ore) by heating
[C15: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch smelten; related to Old High German smelzan to melt]

smelt2 (smɛlt)
n , pl smelt, smelts
any marine or freshwater salmonoid food fish of the family Osmeridae, such as Osmerus eperlanus of Europe, having a long silvery body and occurring in temperate and cold northern waters
[Old English smylt; related to Dutch, Danish smelt, Norwegian smelta, German Schmelz]

smelt3 (smɛlt)
a past tense and past participle of smell

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Word Origin & History

1455 (implied in smelter), from Du. or Low Ger. smelten, cognate with O.H.G. smelzan, Ger. schmelzen "to melt;" apparently a variant of the stem of O.E. meltan "to melt" (see melt).

O.E. smelt "small salmon-like sea fish," cognate with Du. smelt "sand eel," Dan. smelt (c.1600). OED notes that it has a peculiar odor (but doesn't suggest a connection with smell); Klein suggests a connection with the way the fish melts in one's mouth.
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Medical Dictionary

smell (směl)
v. smelled or smelt (smělt), smell·ing, smells
To perceive the scent of something by means of the olfactory nerves. n.
The sense by which odors are perceived; the olfactory sense.

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smelt   (smělt)  Pronunciation Key 
To melt ores in order to extract the metals they contain. Oxide ores, such as iron ore, are smelted with carbon, which serves as a fuel and changes the ore into a reduced metal.
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Example sentences
They may have been the discoverers of iron smelting.
Possibly bronze and much more probably iron smelting were nomadic discoveries.
Alumina, or synthetic aluminum oxide, is used in the smelting of aluminum.
Aluminum smelting is one human process that might produce such a substance.
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