Definition of thaw noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θɔː//
    International relations, Snow and ice
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a period of warmer weather following one of cold weather, causing snow and ice to melt The river doubles in size during the spring thaw. The plants will be ready for use when the spring thaw arrives. The river often floods during the thaw. See related entries: Snow and ice
  2. 2[singular] thaw (in something) a situation in which the relations between two enemy countries become more friendly a thaw in relations with China See related entries: International relations
  3. Word OriginOld English thawian (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch dooien. The noun (first recorded in Middle English) developed its figurative use in the mid 19th cent.
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