freezing point


: the temperature at which a liquid solidifies

Example Sentences

The freezing point of water is 0 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Recent Examples on the Web Making sure the windshield washer fluid is topped off and is the solvent with a low freezing point. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 3 Feb. 2023 Water droplets in this fog were actually cooled below the freezing point of 32ºF (0ºC). Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 13 Jan. 2015 On Sunday morning, the temperature fell below the freezing point, plummeting to 29 degrees. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 The largest number of drownings occurred when air temperatures were just below the freezing point, between 23 degrees and 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Veronica Penney New York Times, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 Once this coolness — known as the wet bulb temperature — is at the freezing point, snowflakes will stay solid throughout their trip to the ground, even if the air temperature is above freezing. Giuliana Viglione, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2019 The vessel collected unprecedented data and images in an environment in which warm ocean water, in some places more than 2 degrees Celsius above the local freezing point, is weakening the glacier. Chris Mooney,, 15 Feb. 2023 And because an average of –13.2 C means that more of the planet would be below the freezing point (0 C), much more of the water would be ice. WIRED, 3 Feb. 2023 The more salt added, the greater the effect on the freezing point. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freezing point was in 1747

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Cite this Entry

“Freezing point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

freezing point

: the temperature at which a liquid becomes solid

Medical Definition

freezing point

: the temperature at which a liquid solidifies
specifically : the temperature at which the liquid and solid states of the substance are in equilibrium at atmospheric pressure : melting point
the freezing point of water is 0° Celsius or 32° Fahrenheit

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