Thaw Definition

thô
thawed, thawing, thaws
verb
thawed, thawing, thaws
To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming.
American Heritage
To pass to an unfrozen state.
Webster's New World
To become liquid or semiliquid; melt.
Webster's New World
To cause to thaw.
Webster's New World
To have its contents melt.
Underground water pipes thaw in the spring.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
freezegrow cool. See syn. study at melt.melthardenstiffenrefrigeratecongeal
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noun
thaws
The act of thawing.
Webster's New World
A spell of weather warm enough to allow thawing.
Webster's New World
A relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions.
American Heritage
A becoming less reserved in manner.
Webster's New World
A mutual softening of hardline stances by opposed countries, factions, etc., as through a resumption of dialogue or negotiation.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Thaw

Noun

Singular:
thaw
Plural:
thaws

Origin of Thaw

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English thawen from Old English thawian

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

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