Thaw meaning

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To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming.
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Thaw is defined as to rise in temperature above the freezing point, or to become unfrozen.

An example of thaw is to defrost meat.

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The process of thawing.
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A relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions.
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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.

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To become warm enough for snow and ice to melt.
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A period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt.
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To rise in temperature above the freezing point, so that snow, etc. melts.
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To cause to thaw.
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To cause to thaw.
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The act of thawing.
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A spell of weather warm enough to allow thawing.
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A becoming less reserved in manner.
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A mutual softening of hardline stances by opposed countries, factions, etc., as through a resumption of dialogue or negotiation.
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(intransitive) To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; "” said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming.
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(intransitive) To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; "” said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To grow gentle or genial.
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To cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.
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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.
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A warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. "”Dryden.
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To become less formal, aloof, or reserved.
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Origin of thaw

  • Middle English thawen from Old English thawian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English thowen, thawen, from Old English þāwian (“to thaw"), from Proto-Germanic *þawōnÄ…, *þawjanÄ… (“to thaw, melt"), from Proto-Indo-European *tāw- (“to melt"). Cognate with Scots thow (“to thaw"), West Frisian teie (“to thaw, melt"), Dutch dooien (“to thaw"), German tauen (“to thaw"), Swedish töa (“to thaw"), Icelandic þeyja (“to thaw"), Latin tābÄ“s (“melting, wasting away") and Albanian thaj (“to dry (up), to thaw"), Polish tajać (“to thaw").

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