verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of thaw
Synonyms for thaw
Antonyms for thaw
Related Words for thawloosen, relax, defrost, melt, soften, dissolve, deliquesce, run, flow, liquefy, flux, relent, fuse, mollify, unbend
Examples from the Web for thaw
Contemporary Examples of 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.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
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?
December 18, 2014
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
February 14, 2014
And so the election arrives with no thaw in relations between the Yingluck and Suthep camps.Thai Election Not Likely To Resolve Protests
February 1, 2014
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
Historical Examples of thaw
He knew that his case was hopeless, and he would not thaw even to the priest.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
In sheltered spots the glass rose as high as 31, and symptoms of a thaw appeared.The Field of Ice
But with March came a thaw, with mild weather and fogs and rain.The Fat and the Thin
"That thaw was a weather-breeder, sure enough," observed Captain Jerry.
The thaw had turned to a light rain and the Captain carried an umbrella.
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."