- to pass or change from a frozen to a liquid or semiliquid state; melt.
- to be freed from the physical effect of frost or extreme cold (sometimes followed by out): Sit by the fire and thaw out.
- (of the weather) to become warm enough to melt ice and snow: It will probably thaw today.
- to become less formal, reserved, or aloof: He thawed at their kindness.
- to become less hostile or tense: International relations thawed.
- to cause to change from a frozen to a liquid or semiliquid state; melt.
- to free from the physical effect of frost or extreme cold; bring to a more normal temperature, especially to room temperature: I took the steaks out of the freezer and thawed them.
- to make less cold, formal, or reserved.
- to make less tense or hostile.
- the act or process of thawing.
- the act or fact of becoming less formal, reserved, or aloof.
- a reduction or easing in tension or hostility.
- (in winter or in areas where freezing weather is the norm) weather warm enough to melt ice and snow.
- a period of such weather: We had a two-week thaw in January.
- the thaw, the first day in the year when ice in harbors, rivers, etc., breaks up or loosens enough to begin flowing to the sea, allowing navigation: The Anchorage thaw came on May 18th.
Origin of thaw
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Examples from the Web for thawed
The beef remains in this condition until it is thawed, ensuring the freshness and quality from when it was originally frozen.5 Things You Need to Know About Grass-Fed Beef
April 13, 2010
Polar ice would have been thawed by this reopening of communication.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If the fish is frozen, it should first be thawed in cold water.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Vera Farlow thawed considerably before the evening was over.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
Mr. Lumley thawed a bit at the sight of the proffered cigar.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
"The snow had just then thawed from my eyes," he has himself often repeated.
- to melt or cause to melt from a solid frozen statethe snow thawed
- to become or cause to become unfrozen; defrost
- (intr) to be the case that the ice or snow is meltingit's thawing fast
- (intr) to become more sociable, relaxed, or friendly
- the act or process of thawing
- a spell of relatively warm weather, causing snow or ice to melt
- an increase in relaxation or friendliness
Word Origin and History for thawed
Old English þawian, from Proto-Germanic *thawojanan (cf. Old Norse þeyja, Middle Low German doien, Dutch dooien, Old High German douwen, German tauen "to thaw"), from PIE root *ta- "to melt, dissolve" (cf. Sanskrit toyam "water," Ossetic thayun "to thaw," Welsh tawadd "molten," Doric Greek takein "to melt, waste, be consumed," Old Irish tam "pestilence," Latin tabes "a melting, wasting away, putrefaction," Old Church Slavonic tajati "to melt"). Related: Thawed; thawing.
c.1400, from thaw (v.). Figurative sense of "relaxation of political harshness or hostility" is recorded from 1950, an image from the "Cold War."