from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Grain, usually barley, that has been allowed to sprout, used chiefly in brewing and distilling.
- n. An alcoholic beverage, such as beer or ale, brewed from malt.
- n. See malted milk.
- transitive v. To process (grain) into malt.
- transitive v. To treat or mix with malt or a malt extract.
- intransitive v. To become malt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Malted grain (sprouted grain) (usually barley), used in brewing and otherwise.
- n. Malt liquor, especially malt whisky.
- n. Short for "malted milk shake", a milkshake with malted milk powder added for flavor
- n. Maltose-rich sugar derived from malted grain.
- v. To convert a cereal grain into malt by causing it to sprout (by soaking in water) and then halting germination (by drying with hot air) in order to develop enzymes that can break down starches and proteins in the grain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Barley or other grain, steeped in water and dried in a kiln, thus forcing germination until the saccharine principle has been evolved. It is used in brewing and in the distillation of whisky.
- adj. Relating to, containing, or made with, malt.
- transitive v. To make into malt.
- intransitive v. To become malt; also, to make grain into malt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Grain in which, by partial germination, arrested at the proper stage by heat, the starch is converted into saccharine matter (grape-sugar), the unfermented solution of the latter being the sweetwort of the brewer.
- n. Liquor produced from malt, as ale, porter, or beer.
- Pertaining to, containing, or made with malt.
- To convert (grain) into malt.
- To become malt; be converted into malt.
- To drink malt liquor.
- An obsolete preterit of melt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a lager of high alcohol content; by law it is considered too alcoholic to be sold as lager or beer
- v. convert grain into malt
- n. a cereal grain (usually barley) that is kiln-dried after having been germinated by soaking in water; used especially in brewing and distilling
- v. convert into malt
- n. a milkshake made with malt powder
- v. turn into malt, become malt
- v. treat with malt or malt extract
Middle English, from Old English mealt; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English mealt, malt, from Proto-Germanic *maltan. Cognate with Dutch mout, German Malz, Swedish malt. Proto-Germanic noun is likely a borrowing from Proto-Slavic *malta; compare Ukrainian молот (mólot), Czech mláto. (Wiktionary)