thaw
thaw haw, n. The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost; also, a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(after freezing), , , , (something frozen),


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  • Thaw — may refer to: * . * Gomułka thaw * Khrushchev Thaw, period in Soviet history * Thaw (album), studio album by Foetus Interruptus * The Thaw ( Voyager episode), second season episode of Star Trek: Voyager * Tony Hawk s American Wasteland, video… …   Wikipedia

  • thaw — [thô] vi. [ME thawen < OE thawian, akin to Du dooien, Ger (ver)dauen, to digest < IE base * tā , to melt, dissolve, flow > L tabere, to melt, vanish] 1. a) to become liquid or semiliquid; melt: said of ice, snow, etc. b) to pass to an… …   English World dictionary

  • thaw — (v.) O.E. þawian, from P.Gmc. *thawojanan (Cf. O.N. þeyja, M.L.G. doien, Du. dooien, O.H.G. douwen, Ger. tauen to thaw ), from PIE root *ta to melt, dissolve (Cf. Skt. toyam water, Ossetic thayun to thaw, Wel …   Etymology dictionary

  • thaw — thaw; thaw·less; un·thaw; …   English syllables

  • thaw — haw (th[add]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Thawed} (th[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Thawing}.] [AS. [thorn][=a]wian, [thorn][=a]wan; akin to D. dovijen, G. tauen, thauen (cf. also verdauen to digest, OHG. douwen, firdouwen), Icel. [thorn]eyja, Sw. t[ o]a,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thaw — haw, v. t. To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thaw — vb melt, *liquefy, deliquesce, fuse Antonyms: freeze …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • thaw — [v] unfreeze, warm become liquid, become soft, defrost, deliquesce, dissolve, flow, flux, fuse, liquefy, loosen, melt, mollify, open up, relax, relent, run, soften, unbend, warm up; concepts 13,255,469 Ant. freeze …   New thesaurus

  • thaw — ► VERB 1) become or make liquid or soft after being frozen. 2) (it thaws, it is thawing, etc.) the weather becomes warmer and causes snow and ice to melt. 3) (of a part of the body) become warm enough to stop feeling numb. 4) make or become… …   English terms dictionary

  • thaw — [[t]θɔ͟ː[/t]] thaws, thawing, thawed 1) VERB When ice, snow, or something else that is frozen thaws, it melts. It s so cold the snow doesn t get a chance to thaw... The ground has thawed. 2) N COUNT A thaw is a period of warmer weather when snow… …   English dictionary

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