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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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