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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THAW

He knew that his case was hopeless, and he would not thaw even to the priest.

In sheltered spots the glass rose as high as 31, and symptoms of a thaw appeared.

But with March came a thaw, with mild weather and fogs and rain.

"That thaw was a weather-breeder, sure enough," observed Captain Jerry.

The thaw had turned to a light rain and the Captain carried an umbrella.

It was as if something frozen in her heart were beginning to thaw.

He knew his face was frozen, but he had no desire to stop to thaw it out.

Not even Freja can thaw away all the ice that has gathered in his veins.

With his second glass of fizz Sir Peter began to thaw a little.

She's froze hard, sirree; I reckon she'll want a hot sun to thaw her.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þawian, from Proto-Germanic *thawojanan (cf. Old Norse þeyja, Middle Low German doien, Dutch dooien, Old High German douwen, German tauen "to thaw"), from PIE root *ta- "to melt, dissolve" (cf. Sanskrit toyam "water," Ossetic thayun "to thaw," Welsh tawadd "molten," Doric Greek takein "to melt, waste, be consumed," Old Irish tam "pestilence," Latin tabes "a melting, wasting away, putrefaction," Old Church Slavonic tajati "to melt"). Related: Thawed; thawing.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.