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English noun: thaw

1. thaw (process) the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid


SamplesThe power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster.
The thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours.


Synonymsmelt, melting, thawing


Broader (hypernym)heating, phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change, warming

2. thaw (phenomenon) warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt


SamplesThey welcomed the spring thaw.


Synonymsthawing, warming


Broader (hypernym)atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition

3. thaw (event) a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile


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


Broader (hypernym)loosening, relaxation, slackening


English verb: thaw

1. thaw (change) become or cause to become soft or liquid


SamplesThe 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.


ExamplesThe chefs thaw the vegetables


Synonymsdethaw, dissolve, melt, unfreeze, unthaw


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)flux, liquefy, liquify


Narrower (hyponym)de-ice, defrost, deice, deliquesce









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