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Thow, Thau, v. [ME and e.m.E. thow-, thou- (c1325), thawe (1530), thaw (Shakespeare), OE þawian.]

1. intr. To thaw, melt. The river … frosin as it was … nere the land was begynnand to thow; Hay Alex. 5781.
And all the yse was thowand quyte away; Hay Alex. 5793.
Bot gif ony frosin thing be put … in the loch … , it thowis fra hand; Dalr. I 46/15.

2. tr. To cause to thaw or melt. Also fig. Quhen horsmen cumis to Ennirnes in a gret and horrible frost … first in thay ryde into this riuer … to thow the pypes and schokles of yce frosin vpon thame; Dalr. I 46/18.
fig. Lat beuties beames then thau away … The ycinesse of loues delay; Mure Early Misc. P. viii 43.

b. To warm up, take the chill off (something). [[The Scottish Dialect] … slay and thow the beer [warm]; Lowther's Jrnl. 43.]

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