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defrost

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verb de·frost \di-ˈfrȯst, ˈdē-ˌ\

Simple Definition of defrost

  • : to warm something that is frozen until it is no longer frozen

  • : to melt ice that has built up on the inside of a freezer or refrigerator

  • : to melt ice on a car's windows by using heat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defrost

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to release from a frozen state <defrost meat>

  3. 2 :  to free from ice <defrost the refrigerator>; also :  defog

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to thaw out especially from a deep-frozen state

defroster

noun

Examples of defrost in a sentence

  1. You can defrost the soup in the microwave.

  2. Has the refrigerator defrosted yet?



1895

First Known Use of defrost

1895


DEFROST Defined for Kids

defrost

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verb de·frost \di-ˈfrȯst\

Definition of defrost for Students

defrosted

defrosting

  1. 1 :  to thaw out <defrost a steak>

  2. 2 :  to remove ice from <defrost a refrigerator>

defroster

noun



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