thaw

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

thaw \thaw\, verb (used with an object) To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

thaw \thaw\, noun The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost; also, a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

thaw \thaw\ (th[add]), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Thawed} (th[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Thawing}.] [AS. [thorn][=a]wian, [thorn][=a]wan; akin to D. dovijen, G. tauen, thauen (cf. also verdauen to digest, OHG. douwen, firdouwen), Icel. [thorn]eyja, Sw. t["o]a, Dan. t["o]e, and perhaps to Gr. th'kein to melt. [root]56.]

1. To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; -- said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws.

2. To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; -- said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.

3. Fig.: To grow gentle or genial. Compare {cold}[4], adjective and {hard}[6], adjective [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

thaw

noun

1: the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid; "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours" [syn: {thaw}, {melt}, {thawing}, {melting}]

2: warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt; "they welcomed the spring thaw" [syn: {thaw}, {thawing}, {warming}]

3: a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile; "the thaw between the United States and Russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs"

verb

1: become or cause to become soft or liquid; "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat" [syn: {dissolve}, {thaw}, {unfreeze}, {unthaw}, {dethaw}, {melt}]

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