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See also: Thaw
- (intransitive) To gradually melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften from frozen
- the ice thaws
- (intransitive) To become so warm as to melt ice and snow — said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
- It's beginning to thaw.
- (intransitive, figurative) To grow gentle or genial.
- Her anger has thawed.
- (transitive) To gradually cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i], page 167:
- Mor. Miſlike me not for my complexion, / The ſhadowed liuerie of the burniſht ſunne, / To whom I am a neighbour,and neere bred. / Bring me the faireſt creature North-ward borne, / Where Phœbus fire ſcarce thawes the yſicles, / And let vs make inciſion for your loue, / To proue whoſe blood is reddeſt,his or mine.
- 1700, John Dryden, "Palamon and Arcite", in Fables, Ancient and Modern:
- The frame of burnish'd steel, that cast a glare / From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air.
to melt, dissolve, or become fluid
to cause frozen things to melt, soften, or dissolve
thaw (plural thaws)
- 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
- a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is frozen
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
the melting of ice, snow or other congealed matter
a warmth of weather
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