ad·​freez·​ing | \ ad-ˈfrē-ziŋ How to pronounce adfreezing (audio) \

Definition of adfreezing

: the process by which two objects adhere to each other via ice It is true, however, in dealing with piles that the thicker the active layer, the greater the surface area of the pile in the seasonally frozen ground. The greater the surface area, the greater the total adfreezing strength.— Roger B. Colton, Geology of the Otter Creek Quadrangle, Montana, 1962

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Other Words from adfreezing

adfreeze \ ad-​ˈfrēz How to pronounce adfreeze (audio) \ intransitive verb adfroze\ ad-​ˈfrōz How to pronounce adfroze (audio) \; adfrozen\ ad-​ˈfrō-​zᵊn How to pronounce adfrozen (audio) \; adfreezing; adfreezes
Augering is also difficult in partially frozen soils, since ice tends to build up on the cutting shoe of the auger, and cuttings frequently adfreeze to the auger. — Komex Consultants Ltd., Review of Methodology for Laboratory Analysis and Testing of Permafrost, March 1983
adfreeze noun
Among the problems reviewed are … the use of ice batters and adfreeze in the design of a diversion dam. — G. W. Rathgens, Proceedings of the Alaskan Science Conference of the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council, 9–11 Nov. 1950

First Known Use of adfreezing

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adfreezing

ad- + freeze entry 1 + -ing entry 3

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“Adfreezing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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