de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) , ˈdē-ˌfrȯst \
defrosted; defrosting; defrosts

Definition of defrost

transitive verb

1 : to release from a frozen state defrost meat
2a : to free from ice defrost a refrigerator/freezer
b : to clear (a window or windshield) with a vehicle's defroster defrost a windshield to clear it of ice and condensation

intransitive verb

: to thaw out especially from a deep-frozen state

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Examples of defrost in a Sentence

You can defrost the soup in the microwave. Has the refrigerator defrosted yet?
Recent Examples on the Web Tractor-trailers barrel by their creeping caravan of cars, which is forced to stop periodically to defrost headlights and crack windshield ice., "A crew of sunkissed, easygoing, surfer bros mumble terms like “gnarly’’ and “mental’’ and pour whiskey into their coffees before crushing some sets. And while the weather conditions may seem endless, they are certainly not those of summer.," 3 Oct. 2019 Along with the Version 10 update comes new mobile software, which will allow people with the Tesla app to open and close their garage doors, defrost the vehicle's cabin and open and shut windows remotely from the app. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Tesla introduces new software update that comes with Netflix and 'Car-aoke'," 26 Sep. 2019 The safest way to defrost meat is in the fridge until it is completely thawed., "5 grilling tips for safe eating watching the holidays’ big football games," 22 Nov. 2019 On a Monday night a few weeks after that, Albritton stood in her kitchen, defrosting bags of frozen meat and green beans. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.," 3 Dec. 2019 When the toys defrost, they're donated to local charities. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Fans pelted more than 45,000 stuffed animals at a Pennsylvania hockey team -- for charity, of course," 2 Dec. 2019 If your turkey is much larger, buy it sooner to give it ample time to defrost. oregonlive, "Cut Thanksgiving stress with this handy holiday checklist," 13 Nov. 2019 When the outage is over, check if the tips of the toothpicks are inside the ice cubes, which is a sign that the freezer defrosted completely and then refroze. Tara Duggan,, "PG&E outage: Freezer and refrigerator tips during and after a power shutoff," 10 Oct. 2019 If using frozen gnocchi, add directly to boiling water; don’t defrost. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make homemade gnocchi," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of defrost

1895, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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9 Jan 2020

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“Defrost.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) \
defrosted; defrosting

Kids Definition of defrost

1 : to thaw out defrost a steak
2 : to remove ice from defrost a refrigerator

Other Words from defrost

defroster noun

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