a) To remove frost from.

I have just defrosted the fridge.

b) To thaw something.

Will you defrost the chops for supper tonight?

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  • defrost — v. t. To remove the frost or ice from; as, to defrost the car window; to defrost a refrigerator. Syn: deice. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defrost — v. i. 1. To become free of frost or ice; as, it took four hours for the refrigerator to defrost. Syn: deice. [PJC] 2. To thaw; used especially of items removed from a freezer, such as frozen foods. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defrost — 1895, from DE (Cf. de ) + FROST (Cf. frost). Related: Defrosted; defrosting …   Etymology dictionary

  • defrost — ► VERB 1) free of accumulated ice. 2) thaw (frozen food) …   English terms dictionary

  • defrost — [dē frôst′, difrôst′] vt. 1. to remove frost or ice from by thawing 2. to cause (frozen foods) to become unfrozen vi. to become defrosted …   English World dictionary

  • defrost — UK [diːˈfrɒst] / US [dɪˈfrɔst] verb Word forms defrost : present tense I/you/we/they defrost he/she/it defrosts present participle defrosting past tense defrosted past participle defrosted 1) [intransitive/transitive] if frozen food defrosts, or… …   English dictionary

  • defrost — verb Date: 1895 transitive verb 1. to release from a frozen state < defrost meat > 2. to free from ice < defrost the refrigerator >; also defog < defrost the windshield > in …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • defrost — /di frawst , frost /, v.t. 1. to remove the frost or ice from: to defrost a refrigerator; to defrost the windshield of a car. 2. to thaw or partially thaw (frozen food). v.i. 3. to become free of ice or frost: The refrigerator defrosted quickly.… …   Universalium

  • defrost — [[t]di͟ːfrɒ̱st, AM frɔ͟ːst[/t]] defrosts, defrosting, defrosted 1) V ERG When you defrost frozen food or when it defrosts, you allow or cause it to become unfrozen so that you can eat it or cook it. [V n] She has a microwave, but uses it mainly… …   English dictionary

  • defrost — de|frost [ˌdi:ˈfrɔst US ˈfro:st] v 1.) [I and T] if frozen food defrosts, or if you defrost it, it gets warmer until it is not frozen →↑melt, thaw ↑thaw 2.) [I and T] if a ↑freezer or ↑refrigerator defrosts, or if you defrost it, it is turned off …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defrost — de|frost [ di frɔst ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive if frozen food defrosts, or you defrost it, it becomes warmer until it is no longer frozen 2. ) intransitive or transitive if a FREEZER or FRIDGE defrosts, or you defrost it, you switch… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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