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Meaning & Definition of Thaw in English

English

Thaw

/θɔ/

noun

1. The process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid

  • "The power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"
  • "The thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"
    synonym:
  • thaw
  • ,
  • melt
  • ,
  • thawing
  • ,
  • melting

2. Warm weather following a freeze

  • Snow and ice melt
  • "They welcomed the spring thaw"
    synonym:
  • thaw
  • ,
  • thawing
  • ,
  • warming

3. A relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve

  • Becoming less hostile
  • "The thaw between the united states and russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs"
    synonym:
  • thaw

verb

1. Become or cause to become soft or liquid

  • "The sun melted the ice"
  • "The ice thawed"
  • "The ice cream melted"
  • "The heat melted the wax"
  • "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"
  • "Dethaw the meat"
    synonym:
  • dissolve
  • ,
  • thaw
  • ,
  • unfreeze
  • ,
  • unthaw
  • ,
  • dethaw
  • ,
  • melt