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v. thawed, thaw·ing, thaws
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.
To cause to thaw.
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.]


the act or state of thawing or melting
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thawing - the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquidthawing - 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.thawing - warm weather following a freezethawing - 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"
References in classic literature ?
Few phenomena gave me more delight than to observe the forms which thawing sand and clay assume in flowing down the sides of a deep cut on the railroad through which I passed on my way to the village, a phenomenon not very common on so large a scale, though the number of freshly exposed banks of the right material must have been greatly multiplied since railroads were invented.
If you look closely you observe that first there pushes forward from the thawing mass a stream of softened sand with a drop-like point, like the ball of the finger, feeling its way slowly and blindly downward, until at last with more heat and moisture, as the sun gets higher, the most fluid portion, in its effort to obey the law to which the most inert also yields, separates from the latter and forms for itself a meandering channel or artery within that, in which is seen a little silvery stream glancing like lightning from one stage of pulpy leaves or branches to another, and ever and anon swallowed up in the sand.
On the other hand, a carcass washed by a flood into a shallow part of the Arctic Sea, would be preserved for an indefinite period, if it were soon afterwards covered with mud sufficiently thick to prevent the heat of the summer-water penetrating to it; and if, when the sea-bottom was upraised into land, the covering was sufficiently thick to prevent the heat of the summer air and sun thawing and corrupting it.
Between mouthfuls he talked trail and dogs with the man, who, with head over the stove, was thawing the ice from his mustache.
They were coated solidly with ice, and the two men kept them on the run around the fire, sweating and thawing, so close that they were singed by the flames.
Fundamentally standeth everything still"--: but CONTRARY thereto, preacheth the thawing wind!
The thawing wind, a bullock, which is no ploughing bullock--a furious bullock, a destroyer, which with angry horns breaketh the ice
We have thawing machines, which use electricity to thaw pipes in walls that are still closed, causing no damage," Wilk said.
VIA Thaw CB1000 offers automated, dry thawing of cryo-bags to address key cell therapy challenges.
GE Healthcare's VIA Thaw CB1000 is designed specifically for thawing large volumes of cell therapies cryopreserved in cryo-bags.
M2 PHARMA-May 5, 2017-Athersys Partnering With MedCision on High-Volume ThawSTAR Cell Thawing Systems for Use in Clinical Trials
It has been well documented that freezing results in muscle structural damages by ice crystal formation and subsequent water loss during thawing, which could, in turn, negatively affect color characteristic, water-holding capacity (WHC), oxidation stability, and/or eating palatability [1].