congeal

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verb con·geal \kən-ˈjēl\

Definition of congeal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold The cold congealed the water into ice.

  3. 2 :  to make viscid or curdled :  coagulate

  4. 3 :  to make rigid, fixed, or immobile

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become congealed :  solidify Oil congeals at cold temperatures.

congealment

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Examples of congeal in a Sentence

  1. The gravy began to congeal in the pan.

  2. the surface of the pond congealed after several days of frigid temperatures

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Origin and Etymology of congeal

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


First Known Use: 14th century


CONGEAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of congeal for English Language Learners

  • of a liquid : to become thick or solid


CONGEAL Defined for Kids

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verb con·geal \kən-ˈjēl\

Definition of congeal for Students

congealed

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congealing

  1. 1 :  to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold :  freeze

  2. 2 :  to make or become hard, stiff, or thick


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congeal

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verb con·geal \kən-ˈjē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of congeal

  1. 1:  to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold

  2. 2:  to make viscid or curdled :  coagulate

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become congealed



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