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Definition of "thaw" []

  • To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming. (verb-intransitive)
  • To lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed: left the frozen turkey out until it thawed; thawed out by sitting next to the stove. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become warm enough for snow and ice to melt. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become less formal, aloof, or reserved. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to thaw. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "thaw" in a sentence
  • "Will the voters of Minnesota encounter a brain thaw by November?"
  • "In this case, long-term thaw of the permafrost layer can be expected and cost-effective design strategies are currently unavailable."
  • "I cannot tell you all that we did with it, because money melts away "like snow-wreaths in thaw-jean," as Denny says, and somehow the more you have the more quickly it melts."