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freeze

 (frēz)
v. froze (frōz), fro·zen (frō′zən), freez·ing, freez·es
v.intr.
1.
a. To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
b. To acquire a surface or coat of ice from cold: The lake froze over in January. Bridges freeze before the adjacent roads.
2. To become clogged or jammed because of the formation of ice: The pipes froze in the basement.
3. To be at that degree of temperature at which ice forms: It may freeze tonight.
4. To be killed or harmed by cold or frost: They almost froze to death. Mulch keeps garden plants from freezing.
5. To be or feel uncomfortably cold: Aren't you freezing without a coat?
6.
a. To become fixed, stuck, or attached by or as if by frost: The lock froze up with rust.
b. To stop functioning properly, usually temporarily: My computer screen froze when I opened the infected program.
7.
a. To become motionless or immobile, as from surprise or attentiveness: I heard a sound and froze in my tracks.
b. To become unable to act or speak, as from fear: froze in front of the audience.
8. To become rigid and inflexible; solidify: an opinion that froze into dogma.
v.tr.
1.
a. To convert into ice.
b. To cause ice to form upon.
c. To cause to congeal or stiffen from extreme cold: winter cold that froze the ground.
2. To preserve (foods, for example) by subjecting to freezing temperatures.
3. To damage, kill, or make inoperative by cold or by the formation of ice.
4. To make very cold; chill.
5. To immobilize, as with fear or shock.
6. To chill with an icy or formal manner: froze me with one look.
7. To stop the motion or progress of: The negotiations were frozen by the refusal of either side to compromise; froze the video in order to discuss the composition of the frame.
8.
a. To fix (prices or wages, for example) at a given or current level.
b. To prohibit further manufacture or use of.
c. To prevent or restrict the exchange, withdrawal, liquidation, or granting of by governmental action: freeze investment loans during a depression; froze foreign assets held by US banks.
9. To anesthetize by chilling.
10. Sports To keep possession of (a ball or puck) so as to deny an opponent the opportunity to score.
n.
1.
a. The act of freezing.
b. The state of being frozen.
2. A spell of cold weather; a frost.
3. A restriction that forbids a quantity from rising above a given or current level: a freeze on city jobs; a proposed freeze on the production of nuclear weapons.
Phrasal Verb:
freeze out
To shut out or exclude, as by cold or unfriendly treatment: The others tried to freeze me out of the conversation.
Idiom:
freeze (someone's) blood
To affect with terror or dread; horrify: a scream that froze my blood.

[Middle English fresen, from Old English frēosan; see preus- in Indo-European roots.]

freez′a·ble adj.
Word History: Describing the landscape of Hell in Book II of Paradise Lost, Milton depicts "a frozen Continent ... beat with perpetual storms ... the parching Air Burns frore, and cold performs th' effect of Fire." It is evident from these lines that frore has some relationship to frozen, but what exactly is it? The Modern English paradigm for the verb freeze is freeze, froze, frozen, with a z throughout. However, in Old English, the principal parts were frēosan, frēas, froren. The r in the past participle froren is from a prehistoric s that became r by Verner's Law, a sound shift that changed s in certain positions into r. (The effects of Verner's Law can also be seen in such Modern English pairs as was and were, and lose and (love-)lorn.) During the Middle English period, a new past participle frosen was created using the s from the first two principal parts; this survives as frozen nowadays. The older participle, spelled froren or frore in Middle English, lived on as a poetic word for "cold," but well before Milton's day it had become archaic in the standard language.

freezing

(ˈfriːzɪŋ)
adj
informal extremely cold

freezing

Change of state from liquid to solid.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freezing - the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solidfreezing - the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
chilling, cooling, temperature reduction - the process of becoming cooler; a falling temperature
freeze-drying, lyophilisation, lyophilization - a method of drying food or blood plasma or pharmaceuticals or tissue without destroying their physical structure; material is frozen and then warmed in a vacuum so that the ice sublimes
icing, frost - the formation of frost or ice on a surface
phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change - a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition

freezing

adjective
1. icy, biting, bitter, raw, chill, chilled, penetrating, arctic, numbing, polar, Siberian, frosty, glacial, wintry, parky (Brit. informal), cold as ice, frost-bound, cutting a freezing January afternoon
2. frozen, chilled, numb, chilly, very cold, shivery, benumbed, frozen to the marrow You must be freezing!

freezing

adjective
Very cold:
Archaic: frore.
Idiom: bitter cold.
Translations
بَارِدٌ جِداًبارد جدا، مُجَمِّد
ledovýmrazivý
frysendeiskold
jäätävän kylmä
leden
hideg: nagyon hideg
ískaldur
凍るような
혹한의
iskall
เย็นเฉียบ
çok soğukdondurucu
lạnh giá

freezing

[ˈfriːzɪŋ]
A. ADJglacial, helado
I'm freezingestoy helado
it's freezing in hereaquí se congela uno, aquí hace un frío que pela
B. ADV it's freezing coldhace un frío horrible or que pela
C. N
1. (also freezing point) → punto m de congelación
five degrees below freezingcinco grados bajo cero
2. (= deep freezing) → (ultra)congelación f
3. (fig) [of prices, wages, assets] → congelación f
D. CPD freezing fog Nniebla f helada

freezing

[ˈfriːzɪŋ]
adj
[room, building] → glacial(e); [day] → glacial(e)
It's freezing outside → Il gèle dehors.
[person] → gelé(e); [hands, feet] → gelé(e)
I'm freezing! → Je suis gelé!
Your hands are freezing cold → Tu as les mains gelées.
[water] (= very cold) → gelé(e)
n
3 degrees below freezing → 3 degrés au-dessous de zérofreezing point npoint m de congélation
below freezing point → au-dessous de zéro

freezing

adj
(lit: = below zero) temperatureunter null; freezing conditionsTemperaturen plunter null; freezing weatherFrostwetter nt; freezing rainEisregen m; in freezing fogbei Frost und Nebel
(= extremely cold)eiskalt, eisig kalt; windeisig; in the freezing coldbei klirrender Kälte; it’s freezing (cold)es ist eiskalt or eisig kalt; I’m freezingmir ist eiskalt; my hands/feet are freezingmeine Hände/Füße sind eiskalt, ich habe eiskalte Hände/Füße
n
(Cook) → Einfrieren nt
(= freezing point)der Gefrierpunkt; above/below freezingüber/unter null, über/unter dem Gefrierpunkt; to rise above freezingüber null or über den Gefrierpunkt steigen; to fall below freezingunter null or unter den Gefrierpunkt fallen

freezing

[ˈfriːzɪŋ]
1. n (also freezing point) → punto di congelamento
5 degrees below freezing → 5 gradi sotto zero
2. adj (room, weather) → gelido/a
I'm freezing → sono congelato

freeze

(friːz) past tense froze (frəuz) : past participle frozen (ˈfrəuzn) verb
1. to make into or become ice. It's so cold that the river has frozen over.
2. (of weather) to be at or below freezing-point. If it freezes again tonight all my plants will die.
3. to make or be very cold. If you had stayed out all night in the snow you might have frozen to death (= died of exposure to cold).
4. to make (food) very cold in order to preserve it. You can freeze the rest of that food and eat it later.
5. to make or become stiff, still or unable to move (with fear etc). She froze when she heard the strange noise.
6. to fix prices, wages etc at a certain level. If the situation does not improve, wages will be frozen again.
noun
a period of very cold weather when temperatures are below freezing-point. How long do you think the freeze will last?
ˈfreezer noun
a cabinet for keeping food at, or bringing it down to, a temperature below freezing-point.
ˈfreezing adjective
very cold. This room's freezing.
ˈfrozen adjective
ˈfreezing-point noun
the temperature at which a liquid becomes solid. The freezing-point of water is 0 centigrade.
freeze up
to stop moving or functioning because of extreme cold. The car engine froze up.

freezing

بَارِدٌ جِداً mrazivý frysende eiskalt παγερός congelado jäätävän kylmä glacé leden gelido 凍るような 혹한의 ijskoud iskald mrożący gelado ледяной iskall เย็นเฉียบ dondurucu lạnh giá 冰冻的

freez·ing

n. congelación;
___ pointpunto de ___.
References in classic literature ?
Six children are huddled into one bed to keep from freezing, for they have no fire.
For three minutes or more he was seen swimming like a dog, throwing his long arms straight out before him, and by turns revealing his brawny shoulders through the freezing foam.
At the end of this hog's progress every inch of the carcass had been gone over several times; and then it was rolled into the chilling room, where it stayed for twenty-four hours, and where a stranger might lose himself in a forest of freezing hogs.
Here ensued a pause, filled up by the producing and lighting of a cigar; having placed it to his lips and breathed a trail of Havannah incense on the freezing and sunless air, he went on -
And now, old chap," said Joe, conveying to me a sensation, first of burning and then of freezing, for I felt as if that familiar expression were applied to Miss Havisham; "and now, old chap, may we do our duty
And she walked on again under the breaking cloud, from which there came now and then the light of a quickly veiled star, for a freezing wind had sprung up since the snowing had ceased.
I was stepping leisurely across the court after breakfast, drinking the chill of the air with pleasure, when I was seized again with those indescribable sensations that heralded the change; and I had but the time to gain the shelter of my cabinet, before I was once again raging and freezing with the passions of Hyde.
Alan must have uncorked a bottle of whisky and drank three or four glasses one after the other, without sitting down, for there was no chair, and that in his own cold lobby on this freezing night
Aouda, cosily packed in furs and cloaks, was sheltered as much as possible from the attacks of the freezing wind.
A freezing politeness, a strict fidelity to government principles, a profound contempt for theories and theorists, a deep-seated hatred of ideality, -- these were the elements of private and public life displayed by M.
His hands and feet would be freezing, and his breath coming with difficulty; until, look you, he would begin to cough, and disease, like an unclean parasite, would worm its way into his breast until death itself had overtaken him-- overtaken him in some foetid corner whence there was no chance of escape.
D'Artagnan, taking with him three trusses of straw, returned to the chateau, where everybody, freezing with cold and more than half asleep, envied the king, the queen, and the Duke of Orleans, on their camp beds.