Deep·​freeze | \ ˈdēp-ˌfrēz How to pronounce Deepfreeze (audio) \

Definition of Deepfreeze

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used for a freezer for food storage


\ ˈdēp-ˈfrēz How to pronounce deep-freeze (audio) \
deep-froze\ ˈdēp-​ˈfrōz How to pronounce deep-froze (audio) \; deep-frozen\ ˈdēp-​ˈfrō-​zᵊn How to pronounce deep-frozen (audio) \

Definition of deep-freeze (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

2 : to store in a frozen state

deep freeze

\ ˈdēp-ˌfrēz How to pronounce deep freeze (audio) \

Definition of deep freeze (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : cold storage sense 2 a bill … in deep freeze awaiting a new congressNewsweek
2 : intense cold

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Examples of Deepfreeze in a Sentence

Noun This part of the world experienced a deep freeze for several thousand years. a period of deep freeze
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new travel restrictions put a deeper freeze on China’s contact with the world, cutting off business and tourism as China’s economy faces a potential slowdown. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Containing the Coronavirus: Countries Limit Travel to China," 28 Jan. 2020 The hellebores already are peeking and will appear early, barring some deep freeze. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The hellebore: Popular, early and now in a dazzling variety," 15 Jan. 2020 The National Weather Service in Sullivan touted it as a once-in-a-generation deep freeze. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The year in weather: Polar vortices, tornadoes, derechos, a white Halloween and green Christmas," 1 Jan. 2020 Then came the civil war and the deep freeze from, say, 1930 to 1980. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dallas Mixes Art and Opera, Here and in Madrid," 23 Nov. 2019 If Trump opts not to grant an extension, Sino-U.S. relations could go into a deeper freeze. Washington Post, "Trump faces crucial decision on China as both economies strain," 7 Oct. 2019 Perpetually locked in a deep freeze is the exoplanet OGLE-2005-BLG-390 -- but even researchers like to call it Hoth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The real-life planets you may have first seen in a 'Star Wars' film," 10 Dec. 2019 With New York currently in the middle of a deep freeze, the choice was pragmatic—but that doesn’t make the look any less cool. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Charlize Theron Puts a Rock ’N’ Roll Twist on Dior," 15 Nov. 2019 Temperatures over the Northern Tier and Upper Midwest could fall to more than 20 degrees below average, the polar deep freeze meandering east thereafter. Matthew Cappucci,, "Northeast snow event to punctuate twin frigid blasts targeting eastern half of nation," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of Deepfreeze


1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deepfreeze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deep freeze

: a state of extreme cold

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