freeze-dried; freeze-drying; freeze-dries

transitive verb

: to dry (something, such as food) in a frozen state under high vacuum especially for preservation

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of freeze-dry was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Freeze-dry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to dry in a vacuum while frozen in order to preserve
freeze-dried foods

Medical Definition


transitive verb
freeze-dried; freeze-drying
: to dry and preserve (as food, vaccines, or tissue) in a frozen state under high vacuum
freeze-dried adjective
freeze-drying noun

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