from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A container in which a substance is melted.
- n. A place where immigrants of different cultures or races form an integrated society: "Canadians . . . liked to think of their country as a mosaic rather than a melting pot” ( Kenneth McNaught).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A crucible, or similar pot, used to fuse mixtures of metals etc.
- n. A place where many divergent things (often races or cultures, but also talents) come together and are homogenized.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel in which anything is melted; a crucible.
- n. A place where people of different backgrounds become similar in culture. The United States has often been referred to as a melting pot, though the differences in cultures of recently arrived immigrants persists beyond the generation of immigrants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crucible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions
- n. an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
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The University of Pennsylvania’s William Labov, whose classic 1966 study, The Social Stratification of English in New York City, demonstrated that the city is a melting pot of various dialects, should be delighted.
Embraced, I very much wanted to believe, by all religions; the one-girl religious melting pot I thought maybe I could be.
I think we were probably very different, very ahead of the time, because of Chapel Hill being a melting pot and a non-typical typical Southern town.
Even if there were—even if “one world” meant a melting pot in which everything comes out a bland mush instead of a salad of varied ingrediCents and textures—I’m not sure that outcome would be palatable.
This huge melting pot of religious and philosophical ideas drew on the beliefs of many cultures-Greek, Persian, Jewish, ancient Egyptian, even the religions of the Far East—to create ideas that underpin our whole culture.