thaw

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: Thaw

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thowen, thawen, from Old English þāwian (to thaw), from Proto-Germanic *þawōną, *þawjaną (to thaw, melt), from Proto-Indo-European *tāw- (to melt). Cognate with Scots thow (to thaw), West Frisian teie (to thaw, melt), Dutch dooien (to thaw), German tauen (to thaw), Swedish töa (to thaw), Icelandic þeyja (to thaw), Latin tābēs (melting, wasting away) and Albanian thaj (to dry (up), to thaw), Polish tajać (to thaw).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

thaw (third-person singular simple present thaws, present participle thawing, simple past and past participle thawed)

  1. (intransitive) To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; — said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming
  2. (intransitive) To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; — said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To grow gentle or genial.
  4. (transitive) To cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.
Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

thaw (plural thaws)

  1. 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. a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. —Dryden.
Translations[edit]
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

See also[edit]

Anagrams[edit]