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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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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 With six innings of three-run ball to notch his third straight quality start of the season, Cashner and the Orioles still came up on the wrong end of Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on a legitimately freezing night at Comerica Park. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' cold bats waste another quality start from Andrew Cashner in 4-2 loss to Tigers," 18 Apr. 2018 Brought in to oversee Australia's 2018 World Cup finals campaign, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk watched his new charges lose 4-1 to Norway on a freezing night in Oslo on Friday. Afp,, "Kamara hat trick leads Norway over Australia," 23 Mar. 2018 Spraying the lock with de-icer before bed on a freezing night should prevent the problem. Samantha Swindler,, "People are still playing Pokemon Go, apparently: Forest Grove police log," 19 Feb. 2018 Nanook pulled her from the freezing water by her backpack straps, Milling said. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A deaf hiker fell 700 feet down an Alaska mountain. Then a husky named Nanook found her," 1 July 2018 Two men held the woman upside down by the ankles, completely submerging her head in the freezing water of a cooler for several seconds. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Deadspin says Indy 500 Snake Pit is proof that 'hell is real'," 30 May 2018 Roy hated how ice coated the ferns in the winter, soaking his gloves with freezing water. NBC News, "This Florida county voted for Trump. But it's a lot like the sanctuary cities he loathes.," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Many open holes still perforate the ice, but the freezing and thawing has created a glassy surface that is easy for crews to plow, and equipment upgrades mean that the crews aren't facing constant breakdowns as in past winters. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "Tribes plow longest ice road ever on the Kuskokwim River," 16 Mar. 2018 Andrew Arnold, a meteorologist at the agency's White Lake Office, said metro Detroit will see less than a tenth of an inch over the whole weekend, as temperatures creep close to freezing or a little bit below. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Major ice storm now targeting 10 Michigan counties: What to know," 13 Apr. 2018 The weather that day was a steady cold rain with temperatures dropping rapidly to almost the freezing mark. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Black-headed grosbeak shows up for first time in Mecklenburg County | Charlotte Observer," 21 Mar. 2018 According to the clinic's website, its fees for egg freezing are $8,345 for the initial cycle and $6,995 for each subsequent round. Jenna Johnson,, "Fertility clinic informs hundreds of patients their eggs may have been damaged," 11 Mar. 2018 Temperatures will dip below freezing and visibility could be reduced But what is an advisory? Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "The NWS has issued a winter weather advisory. What does that mean?," 11 Jan. 2018 As the holiday season rapidly approaches and temperatures begin to drop below freezing, Netflix marathons are going to be the only activity that seems appealing on the weekends. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Coming to Netflix this December," 21 Nov. 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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