thaw: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (thô), [key]
- to pass or change from a frozen to a liquid or semiliquid state; melt.
- to be freed from the physical effect of frost or extreme cold (sometimes fol. by out): Sit by the fire and thaw out.
- (of the weather) to become warm enough to melt ice and snow: It will probably thaw today.
- to become less formal, reserved, or aloof: He thawed at their kindness.
- to become less hostile or tense: International relations thawed.
- to cause to change from a frozen to a liquid or semiliquid state; melt.
- to free from the physical effect of frost or extreme cold; bring to a more normal temperature, esp. to room temperature: I took the steaks out of the freezer and thawed them.
- to make less cold, formal, or reserved.
- to make less tense or hostile.
- the act or process of thawing.
- the act or fact of becoming less formal, reserved, or aloof.
- a reduction or easing in tension or hostility.
- (in winter or in areas where freezing weather is the norm) weather warm enough to melt ice and snow.
- a period of such weather: We had a two-week thaw in January.
- the first day in the year when ice in harbors, rivers, etc., breaks up or loosens enough to begin flowing to the sea, allowing navigation: The Anchorage thaw came on May 18th.
- thaw (Thesaurus)