(Thaw) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thawed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Thawing.] [AS. þawian, þawan; akin to D. dovijen, G. tauen, thauen (cf. also verdauen 8digest, OHG. douwen, firdouwen), Icel. þeyja, Sw. töa, Dan. töe, and perhaps to Gr. to melt. &radic56.]

1. To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; — said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws.

2. To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; — said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.

3. Fig.: To grow gentle or genial.

(Thaw), v. t. To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve.

(Thaw), n. 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; also, a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. Dryden.

(Thaw"y) a. Liquefying by heat after having been frozen; thawing; melting.

(The) v. i. See Thee. [Obs.] Chaucer. Milton.

(The) (&thlige, when emphatic or alone; &thlige, obscure before a vowel; &thlige, obscure before a consonant; 37), definite article. [AS. ðe, a later form for earlier nom. sing. masc. se, formed under the influence of the oblique cases. See That, pron.] A word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning.

The was originally a demonstrative pronoun, being a weakened form of that. When placed before adjectives and participles, it converts them into abstract nouns; as, the sublime and the beautiful. Burke. The is used regularly before many proper names, as of rivers, oceans, ships, etc.; as, the Nile, the Atlantic, the Great Eastern, the West Indies, The Hague. The with an epithet or ordinal number often follows a proper name; as, Alexander the Great; Napoleon the Third. The may be employed to individualize a particular kind or species; as, the grasshopper shall be a burden. Eccl. xii. 5.

(The), adv. [AS. ðe, ðy, instrumental case of se, seó, ðæt, the definite article. See 2d The.] By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; — used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform. "Yet not the more cease I." Milton.

So much the rather thou, Celestial Light,
Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers

(||The"a) n. [NL. See Tea.] (Bot.) A genus of plants found in China and Japan; the tea plant.

It is now commonly referred to the genus Camellia.

(The*an"dric) a. [Gr. god + a man.] Relating to, or existing by, the union of divine and human operation in Christ, or the joint agency of the divine and human nature. Murdock.

(The`an*throp"ic The`an*throp"ic*al) a. Partaking of, or combining, both divinity and humanity. [R.]

The gorgeous and imposing figures of his [Homer's] theanthropic sytem.

(The*an"thro*pism) n. [Gr. god + man.]

1. A state of being God and man. [R.] Coleridge.

2. The ascription of human atributes to the Deity, or to a polytheistic deity; anthropomorphism. Gladstone.

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