Definition of silver thaw in English:

Share this entry

silver thaw

noun

A glassy coating of ice formed on the ground or an exposed surface by freezing rain or the refreezing of thawed ice.
Example sentences
  • It is conditions like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, firestorms and silver thaws that remind us how little control we have over our environment and how much control it has over us.
  • Freezing periods, with or without snowfall, usually end with a storm, during which the first 24 to 48 hours of rainfall freezes to all surfaces, called a silver thaw or ice storm.
  • The silver thaw referred to in this poem is a Canadian Maritimes word for an ice storm covering all with glaze ice.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sil·ver thaw

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.