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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Other Words from congeal

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 Older snow, explains Mottram, loses the sharp snowflake edges and fluffy texture that help reflect away the light, instead congealing in a more solid, less-reflective mass that soaks up the sun’s heat. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "A heat wave is turning Greenland’s ice to slush. That's bad news.," 1 Aug. 2019 Image That famous style has congealed in recent years; the flamboyance that once felt so free now seems strenuous and grating. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘Quichotte’ Is Salman Rushdie’s Latest. But the Act Is Getting Old.," 27 Aug. 2019 In the end, the panty raids in Visalia, the shooting of Claude Snelling, the rapes and double murder in Sacramento, the homicides in Santa Barbara and beyond, had finally congealed into a single case. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: Closing in on DeAngelo (Part Four)," 23 June 2019 Critics are formed by their early experiences, which congeal into the ideas, tastes, habits, and prejudices that inform a lifetime of work. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream This Weekend: “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” Through the Eyes of Pauline Kael," 21 June 2019 The doctors there worked without electricity and anesthesia and amid puddles of congealing blood. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 The next day, the kitchen sink was stopped up by eight cups of bacon grease that had congealed into a solid mass. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Everyone* Pours Bacon Fat Down the Drain, Everyone Lies About It," 8 Aug. 2018 Set in 1929 and ’30, the show captures the jittery throb of Germany’s fragile, fractious but richly creative Weimar era as its brief existence got crushed in the Great Depression and indignant nationalism congealed into Nazism. Daryl H. Miller,, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 Less visible in the bowels of the airport, Customs and Border Protection screening for incoming international passengers also has congealed regularly into long waits. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando airport's expanded facial screening touted by federal officials," 21 June 2018

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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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26 Oct 2019

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

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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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