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Melt (impf. and partic. melted; partic. molten only applied to metals, and placed before its subst.) 1) trans. a) to dissolve, to make liquid: “when sun doth m. their snow,” Lucr. 1218. Tit. III, 1, 20. “till the wicked fire of lust have --ed him in his own grease,” Wiv. II, 1, 69. “they would m. me out of my fat,” IV, 5, 99. “to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will be --ed,” All's III, 6, 40. “the --ed snow,” H5 III, 5, 50. “to m. the city leads upon your pates,” Cor. IV, 6, 82. “the gold will I m.” Ant. II, 5, 34. “molten lead,” H4A V, 3, 34. Lr. IV, 7, 48. “molten coin,” Tim. III, 1, 55.
b) to soften, to touch with pity: “that which --eth fools,” Caes. III, 1, 42. “nor let pity m. thee,” Per. IV, 1, 7.
c) to waste away, to reduce to nothing, to make away with (cf. above: Wiv. II, 1, 69): yet sometimes falls an orient drop (i. e. a tear) “beside, which her cheek --s, as scorning it should pass,” Ven. 982 (== dries up, sucks in). “shall never m. mine honour into lust,” Tp. IV, 27 (destroy my honour by changing it to lust; destroy it by lust). “the morning . . . --ing the darkness,” V, 66. “this weak impress of love is as a figure trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat dissolves to water and doth lose his form. A little time will m. her frozen thoughts, and worthless Valentine shall be forgot,” Gent. III, 2, 9 (will put an end to her love-thoughts which now seem firmly rooted). cf. lest zeal, now --ed by the windy breath of soft petitions, pity and remorse, cool and congea<*> again to what is was, John II, 477 (== lest zeal, now extinct, again gain life and form). “my love to Hermia, --ed as the snow,” Mids. IV, 1, 171. “the hearts . . . do discandy, m. their sweets on blossoming Caesar,” Ant. IV, 12, 22 (== lose their sweets for me, and bestow or waste them on Caesar). “the opinion that fire cannot m. out of me,” Ado I, 1, 234. Reflexively: “and the continent . . . m. itself into the sea,” H4B III, 1, 48. With away: “being three parts --ed away with rotten dews,” Cor. II, 3, 35. “tears will quickly m. thy life away,” Tit. III, 2, 51. “to m. myself away in waterdrops,” R2 IV, 262. With down: “wouldst have --ed down thy youth in different beds of lust,” Tim. IV, 3, 256.
2) intr. a) to dissolve, to become liquid: “my smooth moist hand would seem to m.” Ven. 144. “snow --s with the sun,” Ven. 144 Ven. 144 H6B III, 1, 223. H6C II, 6, 6. III, 2, 51. Applied to clouds beginning to rain: “when tempest of commotion doth begin to m. and drop upon our bare unarmed heads,” H4B II, 4, 393. “stain the sun with fog, as sometime clouds when they do hug him in their --ing bosoms,” Tit. III, 1, 214. cf. “what ribs of oak, when mountains m. on them, can hold the mortise,” Oth. II, 1, 8.
b) to be softened to any gentle and tender passion: “his tail cool shadow to his --ing buttock lent,” Ven. 315. “m. at my tears,” Lucr. 594. “my heart hath --ed at a lady's tears,” John V, 2, 47. “they must perforce have --ed,” R2 V, 2, 35. “--ed at the sweet tale of the sun's,” H4A II, 4, 134 “if you m., then will she run mad,” III, 1, 212. “open as day for --ing charity,” H4B IV, 4, 32 (Q meeting). “I should m. at an offender's tears,” H6B III, 1, 126. “steel thy --ing heart,” H6C II, 2, 41. H8 II, 3, 12. “I m. and am not of stronger earth than others,” Cor. V, 3, 28. “to steel with valour the --ing spirits of women,” Caes. II, 1, 122. Often applied to tears: “each flower moistened like a --ing eye,” Lucr. 1227. “appear to him all --ing,” Compl. 300. “a sea of --ing pearl, which some call tears,” Gent. III, 1, 224. “that will dry thy --ing tears,” H6C I, 4, 174. “I that did never weep now m. with woe,” II, 3, 46. “--ing with tenderness,” R3 IV, 3, 7. “learn of us to m. in showers,” Tit. V, 3, 161. “unused to the --ing mood,” Oth. V, 2, 349.
c) to lose form and substance, to be reduced to nothing, to fade away, to vanish: “the boy was --ed like a vapour from her sight,” Ven. 1166. “the morning's silver --ing dew against the golden splendour of the sun,” Lucr. 25 (i. e. melting against the sun. M. Edd. silver-melting). candied be they (twenty consciences) “and m. ere they molest,” Tp. II, 1, 280 (cf. above: Gent. III, 2, 9 & John II, 477). “are --ed into air,” Tp. IV, 150. “against whose charms faith --eth into blood,” Ado II, 1, 187. “manhood is --ed into courtesies,” IV, 1, 321. “and showers of oaths did m.” Mids. I, 1, 245. “she --ed into air,” Wint. III, 3, 37. “what seemed corporal --ed as breath into the wind,” Mcb. I, 3, 81. “O that this too too solid flesh would m.” Hml. I, 2, 129. “to flaming youth let virtue be as wax, and m. in her own fire,” III, 4, 85. “let Rome in Tiber m.” Ant. I, 1, 33. “m. Egypt into Nile,” II, 5, 78. “authority --s from me,” III, 13, 90. “the crown o'the earth doth m.” IV, 15, 63. “till he had --ed from the smallness of a gnat to air,” Cymb. I, 3, 20. “that on the touching of her lips I may m. and no more be seen,” Per. V, 3, 43. cf. H6C II, 6, 6.
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