[syn: thaw, thawing, warming]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
thaw \thaw\ (th[add]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thawed (th[add]d);
p. pr. & vb. n. Thawing.] [AS. [thorn][=a]wian,
[thorn][=a]wan; akin to D. dovijen, G. tauen, thauen (cf.
also verdauen to digest, OHG. douwen, firdouwen), Icel.
[thorn]eyja, Sw. t["o]a, Dan. t["o]e, and perhaps to Gr.
th`kein to melt. [root]56.]
1. To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; -- said of
that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws.
2. To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; -- said in
reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
3. Fig.: To grow gentle or genial. Compare cold, a. and
[1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: thaw, melt, thawing, melting]
2: warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt; "they
welcomed the spring thaw" [syn: thaw, thawing, warming]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "thawing":
colliquation, colliquative, decoagulation, deliquescence,
deliquium, dissolution, dissolutional, dissolutive, dissolving,
fluidification, fluidization, fusibility, fusing, fusion, leaching,
liquation, liquefaction, liquefactive, liquefying, liquescence,
liquescency, lixiviation, melting, percolation, running,
solubilization, solution, thaw, thermoplasticity, unclotting