antifreeze

noun
an·​ti·​freeze | \ ˈan-ti-ˌfrēz How to pronounce antifreeze (audio) \

Definition of antifreeze

1 : a substance added to a liquid (such as the water in an automobile engine) to lower its freezing point
2 : any of various substances (such as proteins or alcohols) that are found in some living organisms (such as certain fish and insects) and serve to lower the freezing point of body fluids especially by limiting ice crystal growth

Examples of antifreeze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Household hazardous waste includes all batteries, fluorescent bulbs, electronics, paints, solvents, cleaners, chemicals, used motor oil and antifreeze, medical sharps (syringes), pool and garden products, and propane. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East County Happenings, Nov. 5," 5 Nov. 2020 Clean up antifreeze spills immediately, and never assume that poisons are out of your cat's reach. Star Tribune, "Beware cat dangers," 25 Sep. 2020 Ethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze, is very tempting for both cats and dogs because of its sweet taste. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Sago palms are deadly to pets: See symptoms of poisoning and list of other toxiic plants," 7 Oct. 2020 Even close to the warmth of the earth, the frogs will freeze like little green ice cubes — a process that doesn’t kill them because their blood contains high levels of glucose, which acts as a sort of antifreeze. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "The scents, sights and sounds of fall equinox in Alaska," 3 Oct. 2020 No batteries, oil, antifreeze or paints will be accepted. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "District E offers electronic recycling event," 2 Oct. 2020 Mix the water and antifreeze in a clean container outside of the vehicle. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Maintain and Flush a Cooling System So Your Car Doesn’t Overheat," 27 Aug. 2020 But some companies have been replacing it with poisonous methanol, which is used in antifreeze. CBS News, "4 deaths linked to methanol-based hand sanitizers in two states," 8 Aug. 2020 But some companies have been replacing it with poisonous methanol, which is used in antifreeze. CBS News, "4 deaths linked to methanol-based hand sanitizers in two states," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of antifreeze

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antifreeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antifreeze. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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antifreeze

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How to pronounce antifreeze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of antifreeze

: a substance that is added to the water in a vehicle's engine to prevent it from freezing

antifreeze

noun
an·​ti·​freeze | \ ˈan-ti-ˌfrēz How to pronounce antifreeze (audio) \

Kids Definition of antifreeze

: a substance added to the water in an automobile radiator to prevent its freezing

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