Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming.
  • intransitive v. To lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed: left the frozen turkey out until it thawed; thawed out by sitting next to the stove.
  • intransitive v. To become warm enough for snow and ice to melt.
  • intransitive v. To become less formal, aloof, or reserved.
  • transitive v. To cause to thaw.
  • n. The process of thawing.
  • n. A period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt.
  • n. A relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; — said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming
  • v. To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; — said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
  • v. To grow gentle or genial.
  • v. To cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.
  • n. The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost
  • n. a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. —Dryden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost; also, a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed.
  • intransitive v. To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; -- said of that which is frozen.
  • intransitive v. To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; -- said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
  • intransitive v. To grow gentle or genial. Compare cold{4}, a. and hard{6}, a.
  • transitive v. To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass from a frozen to a liquid or semi-fluid state; melt; dissolve: said of ice or snow; also, to be freed from frost; have the contained frost dissolved by heat: said of anything frozen.
  • To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; rise above a temperature of 32° Fahrenheit: said of the weather, and used impersonally.
  • To be released from any condition, physical or mental, resembling that of freezing; become supple, warm, or genial; be freed from coldness, embarrassment, formality, or reserve; unbend: often with out.
  • To reduce from a frozen to a liquid state, as ice or snow; also, to free from frost, as some frozen substance: often with out.
  • To render less cold, formal, or stiff; free from embarrassment, shyness, or reserve; make genial: often with out.
  • Synonyms Dissolve, Fuse, etc. See melt.
  • n. The melting of ice or snow: also, the melting by heat of any substance congealed by frost.
  • n. Warmth of weather, such as liquefies or melts anything congealed.
  • n. The state of becoming less cold, formal, or reserved.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile
  • n. the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
  • n. warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt
  • v. become or cause to become soft or liquid

Etymologies

Middle English thawen, from Old English thawian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English thowen, thawen, from Old English þāwian ("to thaw"), from Proto-Germanic *þawōnan, *þawjanan (“to thaw, melt”), from Proto-Indo-European *tāw- (“to melt”). Cognate with Scots thow ("to thaw"), West Frisian teie ("to thaw, melt"), Dutch dooien ("to thaw"), German tauen ("to thaw"), Swedish töa ("to thaw"), Icelandic þeyja ("to thaw"), Latin tābēs ("melting, wasting away") and Albanian thaj ("to dry (up), to thaw"). (Wiktionary)

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