[ 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

First recorded in 1890–95; de- + frost

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British Dictionary definitions for defrost

/ (diːˈfrɒst) /


to make or become free of frost or ice
to thaw, esp through removal from a refrigerator