|1.||[ verb ] become or cause to become soft or liquid|
|Synonyms:||melt unthaw dethaw dissolve unfreeze|
"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"
|Related terms:||liquefy defrost deliquesce melting|
|2.||[ noun ] (meteorology) warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt|
|Synonyms:||thawing warming melting|
"they welcomed the spring thaw"
|3.||[ noun ] (chemistry,physics) the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid|
|Synonyms:||thawing melting melt|
"the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster" "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"
|Related terms:||phase_change heating melt|
|4.||[ noun ] 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"