What is the difference between defrost and thaw?

defrost | thaw |


As verbs the difference between defrost and thaw

is that defrost is to remove frost from while thaw is to melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; — said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws specifically by gradual warming.

As a noun thaw is

the melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

defrost

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To remove frost from.
  • I have just defrosted the fridge.
  • To thaw something.
  • Will you defrost the chops for supper tonight?
  • (informal) To recover from something tiresome.
  • See you tomorrow evening; I'll have defrosted from my trip by then.

    Derived terms

    * autodefrost

    Anagrams

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    thaw

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (l)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; — said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming
  • To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; — said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
  • (figuratively) To grow gentle or genial.
  • To cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost
  • a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. —.
  • See also

    * unthaw, dethaw

    Anagrams

    * * * English ergative verbs