thaw


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thaw

 (thô)
v. thawed, thaw·ing, thaws
v.intr.
1. To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming.
2. 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.
3. To become warm enough for snow and ice to melt.
4. To become less formal, aloof, or reserved.
v.tr.
To cause to thaw.
n.
1. The process of thawing.
2. A period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt.
3. A relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions.

[Middle English thawen, from Old English thawian.]

thaw

(θɔː)
vb
1. to melt or cause to melt from a solid frozen state: the snow thawed.
2. to become or cause to become unfrozen; defrost
3. (intr) to be the case that the ice or snow is melting: it's thawing fast.
4. (intr) to become more sociable, relaxed, or friendly
n
5. the act or process of thawing
6. (Physical Geography) a spell of relatively warm weather, causing snow or ice to melt
7. an increase in relaxation or friendliness
[Old English thawian; related to Old High German douwen to thaw, Old Norse theyja to thaw, Latin tabēre to waste away]
ˈthawer n
ˈthawless adj

thaw

(θɔ)

v.i.
1. to pass or change from a frozen to a liquid or semiliquid state; melt.
2. to be freed from the physical effect of frost or extreme cold (sometimes fol. by out): Sit by the fire and thaw out.
3. (of the weather) to become warm enough to melt ice and snow.
4. to become less hostile, tense, or aloof: International relations thawed.
v.t.
5. to cause to thaw.
6. to make less hostile, tense, or aloof.
n.
7. the act or process of thawing.
8. a reduction or easing in tension or hostility.
9. (in winter or in areas where freezing weather is the norm) weather warm enough to melt ice and snow.
10. a period of such weather.
11. the thaw, the period in spring when ice in waterways breaks up enough to allow navigation.
[before 1000; (v.) Middle English; Old English thawian, c. Middle Low German dōien, Old High German douwen; akin to Old Norse theyja]

thaw


Past participle: thawed
Gerund: thawing

Imperative
thaw
thaw
Present
I thaw
you thaw
he/she/it thaws
we thaw
you thaw
they thaw
Preterite
I thawed
you thawed
he/she/it thawed
we thawed
you thawed
they thawed
Present Continuous
I am thawing
you are thawing
he/she/it is thawing
we are thawing
you are thawing
they are thawing
Present Perfect
I have thawed
you have thawed
he/she/it has thawed
we have thawed
you have thawed
they have thawed
Past Continuous
I was thawing
you were thawing
he/she/it was thawing
we were thawing
you were thawing
they were thawing
Past Perfect
I had thawed
you had thawed
he/she/it had thawed
we had thawed
you had thawed
they had thawed
Future
I will thaw
you will thaw
he/she/it will thaw
we will thaw
you will thaw
they will thaw
Future Perfect
I will have thawed
you will have thawed
he/she/it will have thawed
we will have thawed
you will have thawed
they will have thawed
Future Continuous
I will be thawing
you will be thawing
he/she/it will be thawing
we will be thawing
you will be thawing
they will be thawing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been thawing
you have been thawing
he/she/it has been thawing
we have been thawing
you have been thawing
they have been thawing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been thawing
you will have been thawing
he/she/it will have been thawing
we will have been thawing
you will have been thawing
they will have been thawing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been thawing
you had been thawing
he/she/it had been thawing
we had been thawing
you had been thawing
they had been thawing
Conditional
I would thaw
you would thaw
he/she/it would thaw
we would thaw
you would thaw
they would thaw
Past Conditional
I would have thawed
you would have thawed
he/she/it would have thawed
we would have thawed
you would have thawed
they would have thawed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thaw - the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquidthaw - 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"
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
2.thaw - warm weather following a freezethaw - warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt; "they welcomed the spring thaw"
atmospheric condition, weather, weather condition, conditions - the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation; "they were hoping for good weather"; "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception"; "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"
3.thaw - 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"
loosening, slackening, relaxation - an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind"
Verb1.thaw - become or cause to become soft or liquidthaw - 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"
deliquesce - melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air; "this type of salt deliquesces easily"
defrost, deice, de-ice - make or become free of frost or ice; "Defrost the car window"
flux, liquify, liquefy - become liquid or fluid when heated; "the frozen fat liquefied"

thaw

verb melt, dissolve, soften, defrost, warm, liquefy, unfreeze The snow hasn't had a chance to thaw.
freeze, chill, harden, stiffen, solidify, congeal

thaw

verb
To change from a solid to a liquid:
Translations
ذَوَبان الثَّلْجيَذوبيُذيب
oblevarozmrazittánítát
optøtøvejr
felolvasztolvadolvadásolvaszt
leysingar, hlákaòíîaòíîa; òiîna
atlydysatšilti
atkausētatkusnisatkustkust
odmäktopiť
odtajatitajati se
çözülmekerimekkar ve buzların erimesi

thaw

[θɔː]
A. N
1. (gen) → deshielo m; [of snow] → derretimiento m
a thaw had set inhabía empezado el deshielo
2. (fig) (= easing up) → descongelación f
the thaw in East-West relationsla distensión en las relaciones Este-Oeste
B. VT (also thaw out) [+ frozen food] → descongelar
C. VI
1. (Met) [snow] → derretirse; [ice] → deshelarse
it is thawingestá deshelando
2. (also thaw out) [frozen food, cold toes] → descongelarse (fig) [relations] → distenderse
I sat by the fire to thaw outme senté junto al fuego para entrar en calor
after a couple of glasses of wine he soon began to thawtras tomar un par de vasos de vino empezó a relajarse or perder su reserva inicial

thaw

[ˈθɔː]
n
(in weather)dégel m
(fig) (in relations)dégel m
vi
[ice, snow] → fondre
it's thawing (weather)il dégèle
[food] → dégeler
(fig) [relations] → se dégeler
vt
[+ food] → faire dégeler, dégeler
(fig) [+ atmosphere] → dégeler

thaw

vtauftauen (lassen); ice, snow alsotauen lassen; (= make warm) person, handsaufwärmen; (fig: = make friendly) personauftauen or warm werden lassen; relationsentspannen
vi (lit, fig)auftauen; (ice, snow)tauen; (person: = become warmer) → auftauen, sich aufwärmen; it is thawinges taut
n (lit, fig)Tauwetter nt; before the thaw/a thaw sets inbevor das Tauwetter einsetzt; there’s been a thaw in relations between …die Beziehungen zwischen … sind aufgetaut

thaw

[θɔː]
1. ndisgelo (fig) (easing up) → distensione f
2. vt (also thaw out) (food) → (fare) scongelare
3. vi (weather) → sgelare; (ice) → sciogliersi (also thaw out) (frozen food, cold toes) → scongelarsi (fig) (person) → aprirsi; (relations) → distendersi
it's thawing → sta sgelando

thaw

(θoː) verb
1. (of ice, snow etc) to melt, or make or become liquid. The snow thawed quickly.
2. (of frozen food etc) to make or become unfrozen. Frozen food must be thawed before cooking.
noun
(the time of) the melting of ice and snow at the end of winter, or the change of weather that causes this. The thaw has come early this year.

thaw

n. deshielo, descongelación;
v. descongelar, deshelar, derretir.
References in classic literature ?
THE WEEK FOLLOWING Christmas brought in a thaw, and by New Year's Day all the world about us was a broth of grey slush, and the guttered slope between the windmill and the barn was running black water.
There had been a heavy snow, and now a thaw had set in; fine sleety rain was falling, driven by a wind that pierced Jurgis to the bone.
If he onth thaw it he'd want to thwap it," murmured Susan sagaciously.
The ground covered with snow, and the atmosphere in that unsettled state between frost and thaw, which is of all others the most unfriendly for exercise, every morning beginning in rain or snow, and every evening setting in to freeze, she was for many days a most honourable prisoner.
The moon was set, and it was very dark; Bessie carried a lantern, whose light glanced on wet steps and gravel road sodden by a recent thaw.
Here are two people sadly in need of a third to thaw the ice between them; and you are the very one we should both of us choose.
He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.
After this feeble delusive thaw, the silence set in as severely as before.
The Comte de Vandieres, who, for the last few days, had fallen into a state of second childhood, was seated on a cushion beside his wife, looking fixedly at the fire, which was beginning to thaw his torpid limbs.
There seemed little hope of his reappearance earlier than the next thaw.
The snow had fallen frequently, and in large quantities, and covered the ground to a depth of a foot; and the continued coldness of the weather prevented any thaw.
At first it came dribbling in by rail in trucks, till the thaw set in; and then fast, in a multitude of barges, with a great rush of unbound waters.