thaw

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v thaw 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"
    • n 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"
    • n thaw warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt "they welcomed the spring thaw"
    • n thaw 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wood frogs can be frozen solid and then thawed, and continue living. They use the glucose in their body to protect their vital organs while they are in a frozen state
    • n thaw 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; also, a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed.
    • thaw To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; -- said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
    • v. t thaw To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve.
    • thaw To grow gentle or genial. Compare cold4}, a. and hard6}, a.
    • thaw To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; -- said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed and continue living.
    • thaw To pass from a frozen to a liquid or semi-fluid state; melt; dissolve: said of ice or snow; also, to be freed from frost; have the contained frost dissolved by heat: said of anything frozen.
    • thaw To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; rise above a temperature of 32° Fahrenheit: said of the weather, and used impersonally.
    • thaw To be released from any condition, physical or mental, resembling that of freezing; become supple, warm, or genial; be freed from coldness, embarrassment, formality, or reserve; unbend: often with out.
    • thaw To reduce from a frozen to a liquid state, as ice or snow; also, to free from frost, as some frozen substance: often with out.
    • thaw To render less cold, formal, or stiff; free from embarrassment, shyness, or reserve; make genial: often with out.
    • thaw Synonyms Dissolve, Fuse, etc. See melt.
    • n thaw The melting of ice or snow: also, the melting by heat of any substance congealed by frost.
    • n thaw Warmth of weather, such as liquefies or melts anything congealed.
    • n thaw The state of becoming less cold, formal, or reserved.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Incan soldiers used to eat freeze-dried potatoes when they were on a march. The Incans would leave the food outside to freeze overnight, then thaw them out and stomp on them to remove the excess water.
    • v.i Thaw thaw to melt or grow liquid, as ice: to become so warm as to melt ice
    • v.t Thaw to cause to melt
    • n Thaw the melting of ice or snow by heat: the change of weather which causes it
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Quotations

  • Aldo Leopold
    Aldo Leopold
    “One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. þāwian, þāwan,; akin to D. dovijen, G. tauen, thauen,cf. also verdauen, to digest, OHG. douwen, firdouwen,), Icel. þeyja, Sw. töa, Dan. töe, and perhaps to Gr. th`kein to melt. √56

Usage

In literature:

I wonder what made him thaw out so to-day?
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The old-timer thawed out a slab of dried salmon till the fat began to frizzle and fed each husky a pound of the fish and a lump of tallow.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
At last a real thaw came and he had to start for Escoumains.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
At dusk we dropped work, made for the camp, shut all the doors, built the hottest fire we could make, and thawed ourselves out.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Instantly all were chumping almonds, and the icy atmosphere thawed into summer.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
It had snowed and then thawed.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The thaw was slow in coming.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie
Now the thaw might come if it liked, and Tom, who was a bit of a philosopher, went to sleep.
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
While it was cooking, we thawed out the frozen fish for our dogs.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
The sun and the rain will thaw us out if we don't dig a way.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Yet with too little! for I know
That she at last will lie there still.
Then all my fire of love shall fail
To thaw that chill;
"Love In Extremis" by Cale Young Rice
She lifted the cup and drank--she saw
A heart within its lees.
(I laughed like the dead who feel the thaw
Of summer in the breeze.)
"Adelil" by Cale Young Rice
She spied the prince, she sank at his feet,
And lay like a wreath o' snaw
Meltin awa i' the win' and weet
O' a wastin wastlin thaw.
"The Mermaid" by George MacDonald
The ice that gathers round my heart
May there be thawed; and sweetly then
The joys of youth that now depart
Will come to cheer my soul again.
"The Consolation" by Anne Bronte
The ice that gathers round my heart
May there be thawed; and sweetly, then,
The joys of youth, that now depart,
Will come to cheer my soul again.
"Lines Written From Home" by Anne Bronte
For now the Heavenly Power
Makes all things new,
And thaws the cold, and fills
The flower with dew;
The blackbirds have their wills,
The poets too.
"Early Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries.
As can be expected at this point in the season, an early January thaw recently swept through the region delivering a package of warm temperatures, rain and winds gusting over 60 mph.
The water-thawed steaks actually leaked less juice than the air-thawed steaks.
) frozen blue-berries, thawed, or 2½ cups fresh blueberries 1 8-oz.
More than one week into their cable blackout, the standoff between Viacom and DirecTV isn't showing any signs of thawing.
Chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry).
Layer glass with thawed nondairy whipped topping.
1 Cup Frozen and Thawed Corn.
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries , thawed.
Cover with blueberries (no need to thaw if frozen).
Thaw frozen bread dough according to package.
Just thaw and cut it into 9 pieces each.
Authorities in Campbell are chipping and thawing ice from a freezer they believe contains the remains of a woman.
Frozen diced hash brown potatoes , thawed.
The Inland Northwest has already had a couple of cycles of freeze-and-thaw this season, and that has created a lot of potholes .
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In science:

Model A is close to the border of the thawing region and, from fig.5, we see it will be difficult to exclude this model even at stage 5.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
In the terminology of Ref. , these are “thawing” models.
Dark Energy from a Phantom Field Near a Local Potential Minimum
We consider different classes of scalar field models including quintessence and tachyon scalar fields with a variety of generic potential belonging to the thawing type.
The thawing dark energy dynamics: Can we detect it?
The more complicated scalar field models can broadly be classified into two categories- fast roll and slow roll models dubbed freezing and thawing models .
The thawing dark energy dynamics: Can we detect it?
This type of equation of state can be easily obtained in dynamical models represented by thawing scalar fields.
The thawing dark energy dynamics: Can we detect it?
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