- to remove the frost or ice from: to defrost a refrigerator; to defrost the windshield of a car.
- to thaw or partially thaw (frozen food).
- to become free of ice or frost: The refrigerator defrosted quickly.
- to thaw, as frozen food: The meat took two hours to defrost.
Origin of defrost
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Examples from the Web for defrost
Defrost overnight in the refrigerator (if frozen) and bake before serving.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
“It takes a day to defrost and then it takes a day to take out,” Lupoi says on the recording.Mafia’s Cocaine-in-a-Can Bust
February 12, 2014
It would seem Bennett has decided to defrost a security perspective that went into deep-freeze in the 1970s.Naftali Bennett's Security Strategy is Frozen in the 1970s
Gen.(res.) Nati Sharoni
November 18, 2013
He opened the refrigerator and examined the control, then turned it to "defrost."The Flying Stingaree
Harold Leland Goodwin
- to make or become free of frost or ice
- to thaw, esp through removal from a refrigerator
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Word Origin and History for defrost
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