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Thaw


THAW, verb intransitive

1. To melt, dissolve or become fluid, as ice or snow. [It is remarkable that this word is used only of things that congeal by frost. We never say, to thaw metal of any kind.]

2. To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; used of weather.

THAW, verb transitive To melt; to dissolve; as ice, snow, hail or frozen earth.

THAW, noun The melting of ice or snow; the resolution of ice into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat, of any thing congealed by frost.