thaw

[thaw]
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. thaumatology,
  2. thaumatrope,
  3. thaumaturge,
  4. thaumaturgic,
  5. thaumaturgy,
  6. thaxter,
  7. thayendanegea,
  8. thayer,
  9. thayer, sylvanus,
  10. thaïs

Origin of thaw

before 1000; (v.) Middle English thawen, Old English thawian; cognate with Dutch dooien, Old Norse theyja; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.

Related forms
Can be confusedevanesce evaporate liquefy melt thaw transpire vaporizeevanescence evaporation liquefaction melting thawing transpiration vaporization

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British Dictionary definitions for thaw

thaw

verb

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

noun

the act or process of thawing
a spell of relatively warm weather, causing snow or ice to melt
an increase in relaxation or friendliness
Derived Formsthawer, nounthawless, adjective

Word Origin for thaw

Old English thawian; related to Old High German douwen to thaw, Old Norse theyja to thaw, Latin tabēre to waste away

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Word Origin and History for thaw
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