follow Dictionary.com

What does Boxing Day have to do with boxing?

smelt2

[smelt] /smɛlt/
noun, plural (especially collectively) smelt (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) smelts.
1.
any of various small, silvery food fishes of the family Osmeridae, of cold northern waters, as the North American rainbow smelt, Osmerus mordax.
2.
any of several superficially similar but unrelated fishes, especially certain silversides, of California.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; compare Norwegian smelta whiting
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for smelts'

smelt1

/smɛlt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to extract (a metal) from (an ore) by heating
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch smelten; related to Old High German smelzan to melt

smelt2

/smɛlt/
noun (pl) smelt, smelts
1.
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
Word Origin
Old English smylt; related to Dutch, Danish smelt, Norwegian smelta, German Schmelz

smelt3

/smɛlt/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of smell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for smelts'

smelt

v.

mid-15c. (implied in smelter), from Dutch or Low German smelten, from Proto-Germanic *smelt- (cf. Old High German smelzan, German schmelzen "to melt"), from PIE *smeld-, variant of *mel- "soft." Thus the word is from a variant of the stem of Old English meltan "to melt" (see melt (v.)). Related: Smelted; smelting.

n.

Old English smelt "sardine, small salmon-like sea fish," cognate with Dutch smelt "sand eel," Danish 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. Century Dictionary speculates it means "smooth" and compares Old English smeolt, smylt "serene, smooth."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
smelts' in Science
smelt
  (smělt)   
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for smelt

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for smelts

8
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for smelts'