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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

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This thing is built for the outdoors with shock resistance and the ability to operating right at freezing temperatures. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Our Favorite External Hard Drive Is 60% Off Right Now," 15 Apr. 2019 On a freezing night in January, the body of a woman was found in an alleyway outside a Kirkland church where a local agency housed one of its roving emergency shelters. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Kirkland to get new shelter for women and families, as Eastside homeless population rises," 13 Apr. 2019 Other GoT stars have talked about how grueling the night shoots were for Season 8, which lasted for 11 weeks, required 750 people, and were shot in freezing temperatures, Entertainment Weekly reported. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Says Kit Harington Is Paid More Than She Is on Game of Thrones," 1 Apr. 2019 Nucleation is what happens at the very beginning of the freezing process, when a few water molecules start to arrange themselves into a solid molecular structure. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Weird water phase “ice-VII” can grow as fast as 1,000 miles per hour," 24 Oct. 2018 Arizona Republic Though Phoenix will have scorching temperatures Wednesday, Dairy Queen is aiming for a freezing Fourth of July. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Dairy Queen debuts two Fourth of July-themed Blizzard treats," 3 July 2018 Repeat this process two more times during the freezing process, at two-hour intervals. Nik Sharma,, "No-cook strawberry ice cream is a game-changer for summer," 26 June 2018 Cover spears with mulch or newspaper when freezing nights are predicted. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Since 2000, the South Florida city has not had a freezing night. Kevin Spear,, "Iguana invasion: Could Orlando could be next?," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For more tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing or bursting, click here. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Polar Vortex Could Severely Damage Your Home," 1 Feb. 2019 Right now, the freezing winds are battering the face of Karolis Mieliauskas. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "This Man Is Riding a Motorcycle Across Siberia to the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth. But Why?," 29 Jan. 2019 That’s because water mixed with salts has a lower freezing temperature than plain water. Deborah Netburn, The Seattle Times, "Mars could have enough molecular oxygen to support life," 26 Oct. 2018 The first step in egg freezing is to hormonally democratize this dictatorship. Sloane Crosley, The Cut, "The Doctor Is a Woman," 26 Mar. 2018 Long plagued by outdated cars, sketchy, aging tracks and accusations of mismanagement, the commuter rail has seen its dwindling reputation tarnished further in recent months by mishaps and delays, some lasting hours in freezing, unheated cars. Lynnley Browning, Newsweek, "The Perils of Metro-North," 20 Feb. 2014 Once that happened, the magnetite reaction in the lake-bottom muds could have released hydrogen gas that caused additional warming and maintained above-freezing temperatures in a broader area of the planet. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The secret to Mars’ past warmth could be beneath Curiosity’s wheels," 9 Aug. 2018 That boom enriched a small but attention-getting upper-middle class in a supposedly egalitarian socialist society, and led to a government crackdown that included the freezing of licenses and the tougher new rules. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art," 12 Dec. 2018 When temperatures drop below freezing, homes struggle to hold up in a number of ways. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Buying Exterior Doors," 19 Feb. 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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