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Definition of freezing

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1 : very cold "Put on your jacket. It's freezing outside!" Addy rushed home through the darkening streets as if she were pushed along by the wind. She was freezing!— Connie Porter
2 : being at or below the temperature at which water freezes a forecast for freezing temperatures overnight



Definition of freezing (Entry 2 of 2)

: the temperature at which water freezes temperatures dipping below freezing

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Other Words from freezing


freezing adverb
The weather was freezing cold. [=very cold]
freezingly adverb
freezingly cold temperatures Mrs. Reed's hands still lay on her work inactive: her eye of ice continued to dwell freezingly on mine. — Charlotte Brontë

Examples of freezing in a Sentence

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Many stowaways die during flights due to freezing temperatures and lack of oxygen in the undercarriage of the aircrafts flying at high altitudes, according to CBS News. Char Adams,, "'His Body Was an Ice Block:' Stowaway Falls from Kenya Airways Plane, Plummets Into London Garden," 2 July 2019 They were forced to march in freezing temperatures over 150 miles to Pyoktong. CBS News, ""He had me and I had him": Korean War vet remembers his fallen comrade," 29 June 2019 Here are photos of eleven animals who thrive in freezing temperatures. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Photos show how polar animals live in the coldest places on Earth," 2 May 2019 He was exposed to freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels and suffered an extreme nosebleed. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Stowing away on an airplane is a huge risk. But plenty of people have done it," 6 July 2019 And for the full-on gelato nerds (and aspiring ice cream entrepreneurs), understanding the differences in fat percentages and how freezing temperatures affect texture is critical. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "How to Get a Degree in Gelato," 22 June 2019 But the opening came with a warning that melting snow during the day and freezing temperatures at night could lead to icy conditions. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Winter weather closes Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on first day of summer," 21 June 2019 The freezing properties of liquid nitrogen will be demonstrated in a smash show and smash zone. Susan Dunne,, "Ooey, gooey, slimy, grimy: It’s a 2-day Mess Fest for kids at CT Science Center," 19 June 2019 The pair undress and prepare for the freezing plunge. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette': Naked bungee-jumping, Luke offers to forgive 'boneheaded mistake'," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thanks to these adaptations, mosses are more likely than other plants to survive long-term freezing, said Peter Convey, an ecologist with the British Antarctic Survey. Daniel Ackerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 8 July 2019 Thanks to these adaptations, mosses are more likely than other plants to survive long-term freezing, said Peter Convey, an ecologist with the British Antarctic Survey. Daniel Ackerman,, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 7 July 2019 The directional freezing process creates a sponge with small, long, aligned pores resembling a bundle of straws – and also muscle tissue. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Time-saving tip: Buy frozen strawberries and bananas and skip the freezing! When frozen (at least 6 hours), place the frozen banana slices and strawberries pieces in a food processor or blender. NBC News, "4-ingredient strawberry ice cream you can make in a blender," 5 July 2019 Place in freezer and insert wooden popsicle sticks in the center halfway through freezing. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Easy mango popsicles," 28 June 2019 New hero Cal Kestis has a core arsenal of a lightsaber and some force powers that can be applied to living beings and inanimate objects alike: shoving, pulling, and time-freezing. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Jedi: Fallen Order hands-on: Finally, a solid EA Star Wars game⁠—is that enough?," 22 June 2019 The study could also have applications for flash freezing food, creating tastier ice cream or even developing antifreeze materials. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Watch Soap Bubbles Turn Into Tiny Snow Globes as They Freeze," 18 June 2019 But success rates for I.V.F., egg freezing, and related technologies improved, and the fertility industry grew into a multibillion-dollar behemoth. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Case for Redefining Infertility," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of freezing


circa 1616 , in the meaning defined at sense 2


1777, in the meaning defined above

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