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[dih-frawst, -frost] /dɪˈfrɔst, -ˈfrɒst/
verb (used with object)
to remove the frost or ice from:
to defrost a refrigerator; to defrost the windshield of a car.
to thaw or partially thaw (frozen food).
verb (used without object)
to become free of ice or frost:
The refrigerator defrosted quickly.
to thaw, as frozen food:
The meat took two hours to defrost.
Origin of defrost
1890-95; de- + frost Unabridged
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Examples from the web for defrost
  • The growth came back quickly even after a defrost and bleach cleaning.
  • To defrost, thaw in the refrigerator several hours before using.
  • The consensus appears to be that when you try to defrost a frozen corpse you get mush.
  • For each portion, thaw three or four cubes in a microwave on the defrost setting.
  • defrost it overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
  • Smaller items will defrost more evenly than larger pieces of food.
  • Ground beef, stew meat, and steaks may defrost within a day.
  • The number of defrost cycles required for a display case is dependent upon its type and design.
  • Automatic, manual, and partial automatic are the standard defrost types.
  • defrost puff pastry on parchment lined heavy cookie sheet in refrigerator.
British Dictionary definitions for defrost


to make or become free of frost or ice
to thaw, esp through removal from a refrigerator
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Word Origin and History for defrost

1895, from de- + frost. Related: Defrosted; defrosting.

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