- Thaw is defined as to rise in temperature above the freezing point, or to become unfrozen.
An example of thaw is to defrost meat.
Frozen chicken set out to thaw.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to become liquid or semiliquid; melt: said of ice, snow, etc.
- to pass to an unfrozen state: said of frozen foods
- to have its contents melt: underground water pipes thaw in the spring
- to rise in temperature above the freezing point, so that snow, etc. melts: said of weather conditions, with impersonal it[it will thaw tomorrow]
- to get rid of the chill, stiffness, etc. resulting from extreme cold: often with out
- to lose coldness or reserve of manner
Origin: Middle English thawen from Old English thawian, akin to Dutch dooien, German (ver)dauen, to digest from Indo-European base an unverified form tā-, to melt, dissolve, flow from source Classical Latin tabere, to melt, vanish
- the act of thawing
- a spell of weather warm enough to allow thawing
- a becoming less reserved in manner
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verb thawed, thaw·ing, thaws verb, intransitive
- To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming.
- To lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed: left the frozen turkey out until it thawed; thawed out by sitting next to the stove.
- To become warm enough for snow and ice to melt.
- To become less formal, aloof, or reserved.
- The process of thawing.
- A period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt.
- A relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions.
Origin: Middle English thawen, from Old English thawian.