WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
thaw /θɔ/USA pronunciation
the act or process of thawing.
a reduction or easing in tension or hostility.
Meteorology(in winter) weather warm enough to melt ice and snow.
- [no object] to change from a frozen to a liquid state;
melt: [no object]The meat thawed.[~ + object]Use the microwave to thaw the meat.
- [no object; (~ + out)] to get relief from the cold:Sit by the fire and thaw out.
- Meteorology[no object] (of the weather) to become warm enough to melt ice and snow.
- to (cause to) become less hostile or aloof;
to (cause to) become more friendly: [no object]Relations between the two countries thawed.[~ + object]The glasses of vodka thawed the hostility between the two sides.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
thaw /θɔː/ vb
- to melt or cause to melt from a solid frozen state: the snow thawed
- to become or cause to become unfrozen; defrost
- (intransitive) to be the case that the ice or snow is melting: it's thawing fast
- (intransitive) to become more sociable, relaxed, or friendly
Etymology: Old English thawian; related to Old High German douwen to thaw, Old Norse theyja to thaw, Latin tabēre to waste away
- the act or process of thawing
- a spell of relatively warm weather, causing snow or ice to melt
- an increase in relaxation or friendliness
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