congeal

verb
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 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, ExpressNews.com, "Dying pittosporum may have gotten too dry," 17 Oct. 2019 Only a smattering of red appeared to the east, west and south of Turner Field, while thousands of dots congealed into a ribbon above downtown that expanded into a wide swath in the half-dozen suburban and exurban counties to the north. Brian Burnsed, SI.com, "Two Playoff Teams, Two New Stadiums and One Great Divide," 3 Oct. 2019 Still, the world should still be concerned about the current spat congealing into a lengthy cold war. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The U.S. and China May Not Want a Deal After All," 11 May 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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Congeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congeal. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for congeal

congeal

verb
How to pronounce congeal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of congeal

of a liquid : to become thick or solid

congeal

verb
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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