con·​geal | \ kən-ˈjēl How to pronounce congeal (audio) \
congealed; congealing; congeals

Definition of congeal

transitive verb

1 : to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold The cold congealed the water into ice.
2 : to make viscid or curdled : coagulate
3 : to make rigid, fixed, or immobile

intransitive verb

: to become congealed : solidify Oil congeals at cold temperatures.

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congealment \ kən-​ˈjēl-​mənt How to pronounce congealment (audio) \ noun

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Examples of congeal in a Sentence

The gravy began to congeal in the pan. the surface of the pond congealed after several days of frigid temperatures
Recent Examples on the Web Blood clots Clots are congealed clumps of blood that can form inside a vein. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "The WIRED Coronavirus Glossary," 2 June 2020 Puffers move across the Go board and leave behind chaos that congeals into static debris. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "John Conway, inventor of the Game of Life, has died of COVID-19," 13 Apr. 2020 Opposition to her nomination has congealed into two complaints. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The War on Judy Shelton," 12 Feb. 2020 Low temperatures congeal everything the dough has absorbed and accelerate the staling process, or retrogradation. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "The best way to reheat pizza," 7 Feb. 2020 At moments Thursday night, the performances under Franz Welser-Most sounded less like finished products than works still in progress, music on the verge of fully settling and congealing. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra starts off musical 2020 with winning, eclectic array," 10 Jan. 2020 Clearly, the 49ers have congealed as a defense as well. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Richard Sherman has cornered market on fatherly advice for young 49ers," 10 Oct. 2019 When combined, these two ingredients inhibit the typical properties of the other, causing the final product to crumble instead of stretching or congealing. Daniel Wolfe, Quartzy, "Here’s what to do with your leftover candy corn," 30 Oct. 2019 The waxy globs are congealed sap that indicated plum curculio (worms) were in the fruit. Neil Sperry,, "Dying pittosporum may have gotten too dry," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of congeal

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for congeal

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

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The first known use of congeal was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2020

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“Congeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of congeal

of a liquid : to become thick or solid


con·​geal | \ kən-ˈjēl How to pronounce congeal (audio) \
congealed; congealing

Kids Definition of congeal

1 : to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold : freeze
2 : to make or become hard, stiff, or thick
con·​geal | \ kən-ˈjē(ə)l How to pronounce congeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of congeal

1 : to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold
2 : to make viscid or curdled : coagulate

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