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congeal

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verb con·geal \kən-ˈjēl\

Simple Definition of congeal

  • of a liquid : to become thick or solid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of congeal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold

  3. 2 :  to make viscid or curdled :  coagulate

  4. 3 :  to make rigid, fixed, or immobile

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become congealed :  solidify

congealment

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Examples of congeal in a sentence

  1. The gravy began to congeal in the pan.

  2. <the surface of the pond congealed after several days of frigid temperatures>



Origin and Etymology of congeal

Middle English congelen, from Middle French congeler, from Latin congelare, from com- + gelare to freeze — more at cold


First Known Use: 14th century


CONGEAL Defined for Kids

congeal

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verb con·geal \kən-ˈjēl\

Definition of congeal for Students

congealed

congealing

  1. 1 :  to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold :  freeze

  2. 2 :  to make or become hard, stiff, or thick




Medical Dictionary

congeal

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verb con·geal \kən-ˈjē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of congeal

  1. 1:  to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold

  2. 2:  to make viscid or curdled :  coagulate

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become congealed





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