freez·ing | \ ˈfrē-ziŋ \

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

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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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Soldiers on Attu, the only land battle of the campaign, trudged through waist-deep snow in leather boots unsuitable for the freezing conditions. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Thousands of Japanese fought in a bloody World War II battle for the Aleutians. Only 28 survived.," 24 May 2018 Every extreme marathon poses unique challenges, whether surviving the gut-churning Drake Passage to run in freezing conditions in Antarctica or the steep ascents, descents, and countless steps to reach Machu Picchu in Peru. Naureen S. Malik,, "If the Boston Marathon is too easy, try these crazy runs," 13 Apr. 2018 Buy Photo Despite the snow flurries, ice pellets, and freezing conditions, Sidney Davis stopped by Rita’s Italian Ice at 21st and South Streets on Tuesday afternoon to pick up a free cup of water ice. Bethany Ao,, "These people braved the nor'easter for a Philly tradition: free Rita's Water Ice," 20 Mar. 2018 The freezing conditions will last through the first 10 days of March for Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia and could bring heavy snowfall, Dobson said. Jesper Starn,, "Icy Blast Hitting Europe Sets Up Winter's Coldest Week," 23 Feb. 2018 Generally, do not water your plants in freezing conditions but shrubs growing underneath the eaves of a house are susceptible to drought damage. Samantha Swindler,, "People are still playing Pokemon Go, apparently: Forest Grove police log," 19 Feb. 2018 Dog owners who keep their pets outside without proper shelter between December and April or in freezing weather could face fines under a proposed law before the Howard County Council. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard proposal adds teeth to laws on leaving dogs outdoors in frigid weather," 7 June 2018 Roads designed for freezing temperatures are thawing. Andrea Pitzer, Washington Post, "In the deepest Arctic, sled dogs, polar bears and famed seed vault face melting snow and ice," 26 May 2018 There's a potential for ice Saturday night, but that's also unclear considering ground temperatures are warm and temperatures are forecast around the freezing mark. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend forecast: Crummy with lots of rain and possibly snow," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As written, the Agreed Framework, a more-than-950-word document, required far more North Korean concessions than Trump’s 350-word document, including the admission of international inspectors and the freezing of reactors, experts said. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Compared with Trump, previous presidents extracted more concessions from N. Korea, experts say," 12 June 2018 Large numbers of Gaza families have been pushed deeper into poverty in recent months by Palestinian political infighting and the freezing of United States aid. The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid growing poverty in Gaza, aid trickles in," 8 June 2018 Large numbers of Gaza families have been pushed deeper into poverty in recent months by Palestinian political infighting and the freezing of U.S. aid. Fox News, "As aid dries up, Gaza families pushed deeper into poverty," 7 June 2018 Another tip is to have a running water source or water pump that keeps water from getting stagnant, which significantly delays or even prevents the freezing of water. Kate Hogan,, "Does My Dog Need a Jacket in the Cold? Answers to All of Your Burning (or, Freezing?) Winter Pet Questions," 17 Jan. 2018 The 90 minutes which preceded the sleepless and below-freezing night was not much better., "90Min World Cup Fan Diaries: Starting to Believe," 8 July 2018 Not only is the dermatologist attacking the wart from the outside in, the freezing is designed to cause inflammation, triggering your body to attack the wart from the inside out. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Ultimate Guide to Every Type of Wart and How to Treat It," 25 June 2018 The doors are closed in the winter to keep the tunnels warmer and prevent the freezing and thawing that can destabilize the limestone rock inside. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 old railroad tunnels help make the Elroy-Sparta Trail one of the state's most popular," 21 June 2018 Succulents are uncommon in northern climates because winter freezing of that large water volume can have rather explosive and deleterious results. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why your 'great garden intentions' should center around succulents," 11 May 2018

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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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