"thaw" in the noun sense
1. thaw, melt, thawing, melting
the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
"the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"
"the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"
2. thaw, thawing, warming
warm weather following a freeze snow and ice melt
"they welcomed the spring thaw"
a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve becoming less hostile
"the thaw between the United States and Russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs"
"thaw" in the verb sense
1. dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt
become or cause to become soft or liquid
"The 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"
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