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Definition of "smelt" [smelt]

  • To melt or fuse (ores) in order to separate the metallic constituents. (verb-transitive)
  • To melt or fuse. Used of ores. (verb-intransitive)
  • Any of various small silvery marine and freshwater food fishes of the family Osmeridae, found in cold waters of the Northern Hemisphere, especially Osmerus mordax of North America and O. eperlanus of Europe. (noun)
  • A past tense and a past participle of smell. (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "smelt" in a sentence
  • "Already the _Votaress's_ divine breath smelt of coffee, real coffee -- _chaud comme l'enfer et noir comme le diable -- smelt_ of it, as, we fear, we shall never smell it again in this trust-ridden world."
  • "The delta smelt is a handy whipping boy for the likes of Rep. Devin Nunes, who has tried to suspend the ESA to prevent what he calls a “government imposed dust bowl.”"
  • "Orange and black super smelt is the one of choice."