When things thaw, they're coming out of deep freeze and warming up. You can thaw a chicken, and a chilly friendship can thaw too.

Anything that thaws is warming up after a frigid or chilly period. The weather thaws when spring hits, especially after a bad winter. When you take food out of the freezer, it thaws. When you have an unpleasant relationship with someone, that can thaw too. A warm, friendly gesture from one person to another can be a sign that their cold relationship is thawing. When you think of thawing, think "Warming up."

Definitions of thaw

v become or cause to become soft or liquid

“the ice thawed
dethaw, dissolve, melt, unfreeze, unthaw
melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
de-ice, defrost, deice
make or become free of frost or ice
Type of:
flux, liquefy, liquify
become liquid or fluid when heated

n the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid

“the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours”
melt, melting, thawing
Type of:
heating, warming
the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature
phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change
a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition

n warm weather following a freeze, when snow and ice melt

“they welcomed the spring thaw
thawing, warming
Type of:
atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition
the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation

n 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”
Type of:
loosening, relaxation, slackening
an occurrence of control or strength weakening

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