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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To melt away.
  • intransitive v. To disappear as if by melting.
  • intransitive v. Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
  • intransitive v. Botany To branch out into numerous subdivisions that lack a main axis, as the stem of an elm.
  • intransitive v. Botany To become fluid or soft on maturing, as certain fungi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To melt and disappear.
  • v. To become liquid by absorbing water from the atmosphere.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To melt or dissolve gradually, or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts; melt away.
  • In vegetable histology, to liquefy or melt away gradually, as part of the normal process of growth: said of certain tissues, especially the gills of fungi of the genus Coprinus. It differs from the analogous process in salts, being a vital phenomenon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
  • v. melt away in the process of decay

Etymologies

Latin dēliquēscere : dē-, de- + liquēscere, to melt, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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