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thaw

verb \ ˈthȯ \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of thaw

intransitive verb
1 a : to go from a frozen to a liquid state : melt
b : to become free of the effect (such as stiffness, numbness, or hardness) of cold as a result of exposure to warmth
2 : to be warm enough to melt ice and snow used with it in reference to the weather
3 : to abandon aloofness, reserve, or hostility : unbend
4 : to become mobile, active, or susceptible to change
transitive verb
: to cause to thaw

Examples of thaw in a Sentence

  1. Plant the seeds in early spring as soon as the ground thaws.

  2. The sun will soon thaw the snow and ice.

  3. The weather is beginning to thaw.

  4. Our cold fingers and toes eventually thawed.

  5. She held the coffee cup tightly, trying to thaw her frozen fingers.

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Origin and Etymology of thaw

Middle English, from Old English thawian; akin to Old High German douwen to thaw, Greek tēkein to melt, Latin tabēre to waste away

thaw Synonyms

Synonyms
deliquesce, flux, fuse, melt, run, liquefy
Antonyms
harden, set, solidify
Related Words
found, gutter, smelt, try; dissolve, render; soften, thin
Near Antonyms
clot, coagulate, congeal, gel, jell, jelly, thicken

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thaw

noun

Definition of thaw

1 : the action, fact, or process of thawing
2 : a period of weather warm enough to thaw ice
  • the January thaw
3 : the action or process of becoming less aloof, less hostile, or more genial
  • a thaw in international relations

Examples of thaw in a Sentence

  1. flooding from the spring thaw

  2. a thaw in international relations

Recent Examples of thaw from the Web

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First Known Use of thaw

15th century

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THAW Defined for English Language Learners

thaw

verb

Definition of thaw for English Language Learners

  • : to stop being frozen or to cause (something) to stop being frozen

  • of weather : to become warm enough that snow and ice melt

  • : to return to a normal temperature after being very cold


thaw

noun

Definition of thaw for English Language Learners

  • : a period of weather that is warm enough to melt ice and snow

  • : a situation in which a relationship becomes more friendly and less angry


THAW Defined for Kids

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thaw

verb \ ˈthȯ \

Definition of thaw for Students

thawed; thawing
1 : to melt or cause to melt
2 : to grow less unfriendly or quiet in manner

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thaw

noun

Definition of thaw for Students

1 : a period of weather warm enough to melt ice and snow
2 : the action, fact, or process of becoming less hostile or unfriendly


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