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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 Montoya grabbed the phone as her husband, José, threw the child on his back and took her outside in the freezing weather. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2021 The pace of vaccinations dipped over the past week as freezing weather gridlocked much of the southern U.S. and in some cases prevented the movement of supplies. Ros Krasny,, 21 Feb. 2021 The National Weather Service said sub-freezing temperatures as low as 29 are expected. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2021 Since the earliest days of the coronavirus/Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, one of the main limitations of widespread administration of the Pfizer/BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has been the sub-freezing temperatures necessary for storage. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Many locations from the Plains to the Tennessee Valley begin the month with sub-freezing temperatures. Adam Klotz, Fox News, 1 Apr. 2021 In Texas, in February, demand rose as temperatures plummeted, but the freezing weather at the same time knocked out generating facilities that had not been winterized. Washington Post, 15 May 2021 The Chronicle finds that almost 200 Texans died as a result of the freezing weather, ranking February’s freeze among the worst natural Texas natural disasters since the Great Galveston Hurricane killed 8,000 in 1900. David Blackmon, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Storms and freezing weather are likely in Northwest Arkansas over the next few days, according to forecasters. Nwa Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Winter temperatures rarely hit freezing, though the high humidity, fog, and strong winds can make the city feel colder than other snowier cities. Travel + Leisure, 6 July 2021 The same site, operated and maintained by Virginia Tech, recorded freezing lows twice last week during a similar sweep of Canadian air across the Eastern U.S. to disrupt summer’s stickiness. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 The researchers did find that the rotifers could survive a relatively slow freezing process ( around 45 minutes). Wired, 27 June 2021 Except for when the temperature drops below freezing, this has been our go-to glove. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 Like a military drone, a global freezing order can strike its target without warning. New York Times, 18 June 2021 The Edwin Fox was repurposed as a freezing works for lamb. Ben Mack, CNN, 15 June 2021 The puree can also be refrigerated for up to 1 week; freezing is not recommended. Washington Post, 13 June 2021 Though freezing is the most common use, vacuum sealing can be used for food stored in the refrigerator and at room temperature. Star Tribune, 11 June 2021

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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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5 Jul 2021

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“Freezing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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