1 the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid; "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours" [syn: melt, thawing, melting]
2 warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt; "they welcomed the spring thaw" [syn: thawing, warming]
3 a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile; "the thaw between the United States and Russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs" v : become or cause to become soft or liquid; "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat" [syn: dissolve, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt]
- To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; — said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming
- To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; — said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
- In the context of "intransitive|figuratively": To grow gentle or genial.
- To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.
to melt, dissolve, or become fluid
to cause frozen things to melt, soften, or dissolve
the melting of ice, snow or other congealed matter
- French: dégel
a warmth of weather
- French: dégel
Thaw may refer to:
- For ice and snow to melt: often used of the weather.
- 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 game that has been released for the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube and PC
- John Thaw, an English actor
thaw in German: Tauwetter (Begriffsklärung)
thaw in Russian: Оттепель
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