verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- thayer, sylvanus,
Origin of thaw
Examples from the Web for thaw
After a half-century of frigid relations, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to a thaw as the result of 18 months of secret talks.
The thaw between Washington and Cuba finally begins to close a chapter of the Cold War.Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia?|Richard McColl|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The issue can be complicated by a thaw followed by a freeze, or by pre-existing ice.As de Blasio Loses Roker, Call In the Weather Detective|Michael Daly|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so the election arrives with no thaw in relations between the Yingluck and Suthep camps.
But despite these private signals and messages, the relationship may not be ready for a thaw.Raul Castro Reaches Out to Obama, But Don’t Call It a Thaw|Eli Lake, Josh Rogin|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There was first a thaw, then a freeze, then a snow fall which 111preserved everything.Whispering Wires|Henry Leverage
The thaw had begun when she walked home from the Broadwood farm one afternoon.Harding of Allenwood|Harold Bindloss
I am in the worst inn that ever was seen, and outside is a thaw that places the whole country under water.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
If possible, there should be a good fire in the kitchen, to which these attendants on our pleasure could be admitted to thaw out.The Art of Entertaining|M. E. W. Sherwood
The thaw took place so rapidly, that the river was free before any one could have noted the progress of its deliverance.Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c.|Xavier Hommaire de Hell
Word Origin for thaw
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."