What does thaw mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thaw, melt, thawing, meltingnoun

    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"

  2. thaw, thawing, warmingnoun

    warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt

    "they welcomed the spring thaw"

  3. thawverb

    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"

  4. dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, meltverb

    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"


  1. thawnoun

    The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost

  2. thawnoun

    a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. w:Dryden.

  3. thawverb

    To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming

  4. thawverb

    To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.

  5. thawverb

    To grow gentle or genial.

  6. thawverb

    To cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.

  7. Etymology: From the verb þawian. The noun was derived from the verb in.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thawnoun

    Liquefaction of any thing congealed; warmth such as liquifies congelation.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I was the prince’s jester, and duller than a great thaw. William Shakespeare, Much ado about nothing.

    A man of my kidney, that am as subject to heat as butter; a man of continual dissolution and thaw. William Shakespeare.

    Hardens his stubborn heart, but still as ice
    More harden’d after thaw. John Milton.

    That cold country where discourse doth freeze in the air all Winter, and may be heard in the next Summer, or at a great thaw. John Wilkins, Math. Magick.

    When sharp frosts had long constrain’d the earth,
    A kindly thaw unlocks it with cold rain,
    First the tender blade peeps. Dryden.

  2. To Thawverb

    To melt what was congealed.

    Bring me the fairest creature northward born,
    Where Phœbus’ fire scarce thaws the isicles. William Shakespeare.

    Think not that Cæsar bears such rebel blood,
    That will be thaw’d from the true quality
    With that which melteth fools. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    My love is thaw’d,
    Which, like a waxen image ’gainst a fire,
    Bears no impression of the thing it was. William Shakespeare.

    Burnish’d steel, that cast a glare
    From far, and seem’d to thaw the freezing air. Dryden.

    She can unlock
    The clasping charm, and thaw the numbing spell. John Milton.

    Her icy heart is thaw’d. George Granville.

  3. To Thawverb

    Etymology: ðawan , Saxon; degen, Dutch.

    When thy melted maid
    His letter at thy pillow hath laid:
    If thou begin’st to thaw for this,
    May my name step in. John Donne.

    It on firm land
    Thaws not but gathers heap, and ruin seems
    Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice. John Milton.

    Having let that ice thaw of itself, and frozen the liquor a second time, we could not discern any thing. Boyle.


  1. THAW

    Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is a skateboarding video game developed by Neversoft and published by Activision. It is the seventh entry in the Tony Hawk's series and was released initially for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2005 in North America on October 18 and October 28 in Europe, with several ports for other systems released later. American Wasteland is the first Tony Hawk's game to support Xbox Live; online play was previously limited to the PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows. The Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions were released as Tony Hawk's American Sk8land on the same day as the console versions. The DS version features Wi-Fi capabilities and was the first third-party DS game to have online support.


  1. thaw

    Thaw refers to the process of something, usually frozen, becoming warm and gradually returning to its original state, often due to a rise in temperature. It can also refer to a relaxation or easing of tension, for example between two parties in conflict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thawverb

    to melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; -- said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws

  2. Thawverb

    to become so warm as to melt ice and snow; -- said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally

  3. Thawverb

    fig.: To grow gentle or genial

  4. Thawverb

    to cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve

  5. Thawnoun

    the melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost; also, a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed


  1. Thaw

    Thaw is a Foetus Interruptus album released by Self Immolation/Some Bizarre in September 1988 and also released by Rough Trade in the same year. In 1995, Thaw was given a U.S. rerelease by Thirsty Ear. Thaw is Self Immolation #WOMB FIP 5 and Rough Trade #RTD 81.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thaw

    thaw, v.i. to melt or grow liquid, as ice: to become so warm as to melt ice.—v.t. to cause to melt.—n. the melting of ice or snow by heat: the change of weather which causes it.—adj. Thaw′y, inclined to thaw. [A.S. tháwian; cog. with Ger. thauen, to thaw, to fall in dew.]

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  1. THAW

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. THAW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Thaw is ranked #35294 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Thaw surname appeared 638 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Thaw.

    44.6% or 285 total occurrences were White.
    42.7% or 273 total occurrences were Asian.
    7.2% or 46 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for thaw »

  1. hawt

  2. wath

  3. what

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of thaw in a Sentence

  1. Ivan Briscoe:

    Its an incredibly dangerous gamble to redouble the offensive against Vladimir Padrino regime when the priority must be to shore up the countrys collapsing health system and prevent an even worse migrant exodus, these U.S. charges could spell doom for any thaw, expose Guaido to grave risks, and appear high-handedly indifferent to the immediate suffering of Venezuelas people.

  2. Christopher Sabatini:

    Trump has not said that Christopher Sabatini is opposed to the thaw in relations, christopher Sabatini’s Christopher Sabatini and Christopher Sabatini has said that the just wants a better deal.

  3. Christopher Pearce Cranch, A Spring Growl:

    If there comes a little thaw, Still the air is chill and raw, Here and there a patch of snow, Dirtier than the ground below, Dribbles down a marshy flood; Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing, "This is Spring."

  4. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham:

    We must make sure we count residents who may leave before the spring thaw, when they go back to either fish or hunt or take maybe warm-weather jobs.

  5. Kelly Moore:

    These [ Pfizer Covid-19 ] Four Covid-19 vaccines will thaw if exposed to open air for five minutes.

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    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
    A howdah
    B scalawag
    C congius
    D swag

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