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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Afterward, she was left intoxicated, wearing only a T-shirt, for hours outside her home in sub-freezing temperatures. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Daisy Coleman, Featured in Netflix Documentary About Teen Sex Assault, Dies By Suicide at Age 23," 5 Aug. 2020 Excess heat from the MMRTG also is used to keeps the rover's sensitive electronics warm in sub-freezing temperatures. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA readies launch of Mars rover to look for signs of past life, collect samples for return to Earth," 28 July 2020 The Stellar Space Science tour takes visitors to the full-dome Dorrance Planetarium with live demonstrations and hands-on exhibits exploring freezing temperatures, gravitational pull and other space phenomena. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Arizona Science Center is reopening in downtown Phoenix. Here's what to expect if you go," 20 June 2020 He was thrown into the freezing water and sucked downward as the ship began to sink but then propelled upward when one of its boilers exploded beneath him. David Belcher, New York Times, "A Titanic Collection Grows," 19 Feb. 2020 Authorities in Chicago are praising a jogger who spotted a man in the freezing waters of Lake Michigan over the weekend and alerted police. Fox News, "Chicago police officers pull man from Lake Michigan on 'coldest day of the year'," 18 Feb. 2020 Wim Hof, who has them leap into the freezing-cold water of Lake Tahoe to reduce inflammation and anxiety. Jessica Weisberg, The New Republic, "Everything Is OK in Goop Lab," 4 Feb. 2020 The girl, who was not identified by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority or the Coast Guard, fell through the ice of the St. Mary’s River near Sault Ste Marie and was swept away into freezing water, authorities said. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Fast-acting ferry crew rescues teen from icy St. Mary's River," 22 Jan. 2020 Once the victim is out of the freezing water, monitor them for shock and seek professional medical care to get their body temperature back to normal. Popular Science, "Everything you need to know before playing on that frozen pond," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the payments were delayed until December, and 400 Ojibwe died of starvation, freezing or disease while waiting and on the journey home. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kayaking the Apostle Islands sea caves in 'more than just a tourist way'," 6 Aug. 2020 Whenever temperatures below freezing or above 80° are predicted, cover the transplants with a frost blanket. Give tender new plants floating row covers or a frost blanket to protect against harsh sun/hot temps and chilly nights. Sunset Magazine, "45 Things to Do in Your Garden Right Now," 3 Aug. 2020 Not only is the process basically flash freezing, but the ice cream also doesn't have a chance to melt in transit. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Carbonated Ice Cream Is a Feat of Physics—and It Actually Tastes Good," 5 June 2020 Loss of moisture is a big reason why frozen ground beef loses flavor over long periods of time, according to the USDA's freezing and food safety guide. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "How Long is Frozen Ground Beef Good For? We Have All the Answers," 11 May 2020 Slick road conditions possible today, first this morning over portions of northeast plains with patchy light freezing drizzle and light snow, & then across the I-25 Corridor and Front Range for the PM commute. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Freezing drizzle, snow could slow morning and evening rush hours," 19 Feb. 2020 Sudden, radical transformations of substances known to humanity for eons, like water freezing and soup steaming over a fire, remained mysterious until well into the 20th century. Quanta Magazine, "The Cartoon Picture of Magnets That Has Transformed Science," 24 June 2020 Earlier this month, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador publicly announced the freezing of $1.1 billion in CJNG assets. The Courier-Journal, "CJNG, a top U.S. target, blamed in assassination attempt on Mexico City police chief," 26 June 2020 This freezing would pause as heat from radioactivity became a major factor, and resume as radioactive elements broke down, slowly creating extensional structures over time. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Surprise! Pluto May Have Possessed a Subsurface Ocean at Birth," 23 June 2020

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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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The first known use of freezing was circa 1616

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9 Aug 2020

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“Freezing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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