flash freeze

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variants or less commonly flash-freeze
flash froze also flash-froze ˈflash-ˈfrōz How to pronounce flash freeze (audio) ; flash frozen also flash-frozen ˈflash-ˈfrō-zᵊn How to pronounce flash freeze (audio) ; flash freezing also flash-freezing; flash freezes also flash-freezes

transitive verb

: to freeze rapidly
The physician then inserts a specialized catheter through the endoscope, selects the targeted area and sprays liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the tissue.Business Wire
especially : to freeze something (such as food) quickly to minimize the formation of ice crystals
Large catcher-processor vessels that flash freeze shrimp whole … account for the majority of the shrimp catch in Alaska. Santi Roberts
The farm stand offers its own produce … ; … flash-frozen wild salmon; local ice cream; and a variety of locally made dressings, honey and condiments. Maureen Sullivan

flash freeze

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variants or less commonly flash-freeze
plural flash freezes also flash-freezes
: a rapid drop in atmospheric temperature to below the freezing point causing water on the ground to quickly become ice
Temperatures were expected to plummet on Thursday morning leading to a flash freeze.Robert Pore
It occurs when there's a rapid drop in temperatures causing a quick freeze of water already on the ground from rain or melted snow. A flash freeze is different from freezing rain, said Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley.Michael O'Connor

Examples of flash freeze in a Sentence

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The garage will soon house Faith Farms’ new flash freeze operation with food aimed at Northwest Indiana’s commercial market to provide financial sustainability for the 10-year-old urban farm at 656 Carolina St., about one block south. Carole Carlson, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2023 All fish is deboned and flash frozen immediately after processing, according to the company. goodhousekeeping.com, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1941, in the meaning defined above


1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flash freeze was in 1940

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“Flash freeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20freeze. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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