thaw

[thaw]
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun


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 formsthaw·less, adjectivere·thaw, verbun·der·thaw, verbun·thawed, adjectiveun·thaw·ing, adjective
Can be confusedevanesce evaporate liquefy melt thaw transpire vaporizeevanescence evaporation liquefaction melting thawing transpiration vaporization

Synonyms for thaw

1. See melt1. 2, 8. warm.

Antonyms for thaw

1. freeze.
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Examples from the Web for thaw

Contemporary Examples of thaw

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

    Jules Verne

  • But with March came a thaw, with mild weather and fogs and rain.

  • "That thaw was a weather-breeder, sure enough," observed Captain Jerry.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The thaw had turned to a light rain and the Captain carried an umbrella.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


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
v.

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.

n.

c.1400, from thaw (v.). Figurative sense of "relaxation of political harshness or hostility" is recorded from 1950, an image from the "Cold War."

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