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thaw (th&asuml_;), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thawed (th&asuml_;d); p. pr. & vb. n. Thawing.] [AS. þ&ā;wian, þ&ā;wan; akin to D. dovijen, G. tauen, thauen (cf. also verdauen to digest, OHG. douwen, firdouwen), Icel. þeyja, Sw. t&ö;a, Dan. t&ö;e, and perhaps to Gr. th`kein to melt. √56.] 1. To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; -- said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws.
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2. To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; -- said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
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3. Fig.: To grow gentle or genial. Compare cold{4}, a. and hard{6}, a.
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thaw, v. t. To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve.
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thaw, n. 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. Dryden.
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