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THAW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does thaw mean? 

THAW (noun)
  The noun THAW has 3 senses:

1. the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
2. warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt
3. a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile

  Familiarity information: THAW used as a noun is uncommon.


THAW (verb)
  The verb THAW has 1 sense:

1. become or cause to become soft or liquid

  Familiarity information: THAW used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


THAW (noun)


Sense 1thaw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

thawing; thaw; melting; melt

Context examples:

the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster / the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours

Hypernyms ("thaw" is a kind of...):

heating; warming (the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature)

phase change; phase transition; physical change; state change (a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition)


Sense 2thaw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

thaw; thawing; warming

Context example:

they welcomed the spring thaw

Hypernyms ("thaw" is a kind of...):

atmospheric condition; weather; weather condition (the meteorological conditions: temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation)


Sense 3thaw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the thaw between the United States and Russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs

Hypernyms ("thaw" is a kind of...):

loosening; relaxation; slackening (an occurrence of control or strength weakening)


THAW (verb)


Sense 1thaw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become or cause to become soft or liquid

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dethaw; thaw; unfreeze; unthaw; melt; dissolve

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "thaw" is one way to...):

flux; liquefy; liquify (become liquid or fluid when heated)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "thaw"):

deliquesce (melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air)

de-ice; defrost; deice (make or become free of frost or ice)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The chefs thaw the vegetables


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