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

  • transitive v. To remove ice or frost from: defrosted the windshield.
  • transitive v. To cause to thaw.
  • intransitive v. To become free of ice or frost: a freezer that defrosts automatically.
  • intransitive v. To become thawed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove frost from.
  • v. To thaw something.
  • v. To recover from something tiresome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become free of frost or ice.
  • intransitive v. To thaw; -- used especially of items removed from a freezer, such as frozen foods.
  • transitive v. To remove the frost or ice from.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove the effects of frost or freezing from; restore to a sound unfrozen condition or state.

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

  • v. make or become free of frost or ice


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • I stay in to defrost the fridge

    Now the kid has gone to bed

    A feeling of dread.

    At least when she's around the troubles there,

    It's worse to wake up with her falling round the room.

    (Slow graffiti, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 13, 2008