from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To remove ice or frost from.
  • intransitive verb To cause to thaw.
  • intransitive verb To become free of ice or frost.
  • intransitive verb To become thawed.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To remove frost from.
  • verb transitive To thaw something.
  • verb informal, intransitive To recover from something tiresome.

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

  • verb make or become free of frost or ice


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