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"

Related terms: weather
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"

Related terms: relaxation
Similar spelling:   Thea