ad·​freez·​ing ad-ˈfrē-ziŋ How to pronounce adfreezing (audio)
: 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
adfreeze intransitive verb
adfroze ad-ˈfrōz How to pronounce adfreezing (audio) ; adfrozen ad-ˈfrō-zᵊn How to pronounce adfreezing (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

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of adfreezing was in 1960

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