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Definition of freezing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Apple will probably offer a permanent fix soon enough for the freezing issue. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Sep. 2022 No more freezing legs while waiting for an Uber outside, pls and ty. Seventeen, 19 Sep. 2022 The return trip was arduous, freezing, and unsteady, with salt water spraying over the ferry’s hull for hours. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 5 Sep. 2022 Faced with months of freezing weather and dwindling rations, a faction of Spanish officers mutinied, demanding to return home. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 The shark turned out to be a Greenland shark, a half-blind animal thought to live mainly in the freezing Arctic waters. al, 28 July 2022 So, with a potentially freezing winter looming, the Coalition for the Homeless keeps a running list of organizations and their donation needs for the winter posted on its website. Thomas Birmingham, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2022 The shark turned out to be a Greenland shark, a half-blind animal thought to live mainly in the freezing Arctic waters. al, 28 July 2022 In fact, that blue-and-white ship that Fortune spotted at the Port of Rotterdam in July was transferring its LNG cargo from Russia to those storage tanks, as Europe stocks up before the freezing weather arrives. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the freezing process, the fats separate from the liquid part of the cream, leading to a coagulated texture. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2022 Ice cream's level of creaminess depends largely on the size of the ice crystals that form during the freezing process. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2022 Under the terms of the settlement filed in Homer Superior Court, Lochinvar agreed to add labels that warn of dangerous freezing conditions to all of its boilers. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 For 10 months, the crew endured the freezing conditions. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Mar. 2022 The sun had begun to melt the surface of the icicles, giving the birds access to water in the freezing conditions. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 This is a key step before freezing, Berens says, as putting warm grains in a container in the freezer can allow for bacterial growth. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Insufficiently hardy to survive the freezing outdoors, such plants can last (and even thrive) if treated to more hospitable conditions, a practice known as overwintering. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Unfortunately, the best thornless mutants are not only sterile, but most of these roses can be unstable and can revert to the thorny condition after temperature shock, freezing or other environmental extremes, and with age and change in soil makeup. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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27 Sep 2022

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“Freezing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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