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  Dictionary Definition of thaw

verb (i)
1. to pass from a frozen to a liquid or semi-liquid state; melt.
2. Also, thaw out. to be freed from the physical effect of frost or extreme cold.
3. (of the weather) to become warm enough to melt ice and snow: it will probably thaw today.
4. to become less cold, formal, or reserved.
5. to become less hostile, or aggressive: relations between Russia and the US have thawed.
-- verb (t)
6. to cause to thaw.
7. to make less cold, formal, reserved.
-- noun
8. the act or process of thawing.
9. a becoming less cold, formal, or reserved.
10. a reduction in hostility or aggressiveness, especially in international relations.
11. a condition of the weather caused by the rise of the temperature above freezing point.
[ME thawe, OE thawian, c. D dooien, Icel. theyja ]
-- thawer, noun -- thawless, adjective