freez·​ing | \ ˈfrē-ziŋ How to pronounce freezing (audio) \

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 South Alabama won’t escape the freezing temperatures either. Leada Gore |, al, "Freeze warning in Alabama: How to protect your pipes from freezing, cold-weather safety tips," 12 Nov. 2019 Denver International Airport is advising travelers to expect some delays Wednesday morning due to freezing temperatures, ice and snow. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "800 passengers stranded overnight at Denver airport; delays continue Wednesday," 30 Oct. 2019 There were no freezing spots or ice packs on Waukesha County roads over the lunch hour on Thursday. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heaviest snow moves away from area; some communities reschedule trick-or-treating due to storm, cold," 31 Oct. 2019 The National Weather Service said cold air will move into the area this weekend, with a good chance of frost and freezing temperatures both Saturday and Sunday. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: Bone-chilling wind coming on Halloween," 30 Oct. 2019 In its analysis, the Trump EPA claimed that fuel-efficient vehicles would increase the fatalities from automobile accidents and proposed freezing fuel efficiency at 2020 levels while preparing new standards. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Trump to eliminate California’s car emission standards waiver," 17 Sep. 2019 The air was getting chill, not quite freezing over, and somewhere to the west of us a wave of rage was washing up on the machinery of the season. Daniel Poppick, Harper's magazine, "Rumors," 16 Sep. 2019 The heat was well above the average July high of 44.6 degrees, while average lows hover around the freezing mark. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The World’s Northernmost Permanent Settlement Set a Record High Temperature," 22 July 2019 The freezing rain started in Massachusetts, just north of Holyoke. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Black Ice, Near-Death, and Transcendence on I-91," 2 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What all of the work does have in common is a stillness, a sort of freezing of crucial moments. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Taxidermied animals become a selfie backdrop at “The Unbearable Impermanence of Things”," 19 Nov. 2019 President Sebastián Piñera has offered concessions including a freezing of the subway fares, wage and pension increases, tax reform and a new government cabinet. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "Chile to hold referendum on new constitution," 15 Nov. 2019 One of them dies, after having freezing water poured onto him. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Report’ brings 6,700-page document to life," 14 Nov. 2019 Others sleep outside in temperatures that recently dropped to freezing. Nomaan Merchant, Twin Cities, "Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp," 14 Nov. 2019 But once that snow starts to hit and the temperature gets to freezing, any idea of looking stylish kind of goes out the window. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "How to Make Comfortable Winter Boots Look Extremely Stylish," 14 Nov. 2019 Forecasters in Kansas said much of the state is experiencing below-freezing temperatures after an arctic air mass moved from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Cities across U.S. experience record lows as arctic blast brings snow and ice," 12 Nov. 2019 The New York Times, however, has reported that word of the freezing of military aid did get to high-level Ukrainian officials., "So here’s a brief guide to some of Trump supporters’ arguments against impeachment, drawn from Globe wire services and major media reports:," 12 Nov. 2019 Pastry cream is a bit more finicky and doesn’t respond well to freezing. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Pre-bake to get ahead of the holidays," 11 Oct. 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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The first known use of freezing was circa 1616

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30 Nov 2019

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“Freezing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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