freezing point

noun

Definition of freezing point

: the temperature at which a liquid solidifies

Examples of freezing point in a Sentence

The freezing point of water is 0 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Recent Examples on the Web The plants didn’t die on earlier nights when the temperature dipped to 32 because sugars within their sap depress the freezing point. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "The scents, sights and sounds of fall equinox in Alaska," 3 Oct. 2020 In April and May, the CO2 shortage meant that the food and beverage industry had to adapt refrigeration tactics by doing things like swapping out solid nitrogen for dry ice—a technically challenging fix, due to nitrogen’s even lower freezing point. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "US carbon dioxide supply is a bottleneck for Covid-19 vaccine distribution," 12 Sep. 2020 If the freezing point is the finish line, then the initial temperature is like the starting point. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Physics of Why Hot Water Sometimes Freezes Faster Than Cold Water," 12 Aug. 2020 The research suggests that the longer path from a higher temperature to the freezing point might create shortcuts so that the hot bead’s temperature can reach the finish line before the cooler bead. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Physics of Why Hot Water Sometimes Freezes Faster Than Cold Water," 12 Aug. 2020 At the surface, the water is brisk and hovering below zero Celsuis (the saltiness lowers water’s freezing point) so that wouldn’t have much impact on the ice. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Greenland’s ice sheet is melting in more ways than we thought," 6 Feb. 2020 That is more than 2 degrees warmer than the freezing point in that location, said David Holland, a New York University glaciologist. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Unprecedented data confirms that Antarctica’s most dangerous glacier is melting from below," 31 Jan. 2020 As Colorado State University atmospheric scientist Scott Denning explains, this happens because the liquid water in the lake can’t be colder than the freezing point – about 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Jennifer Weeks, The Conversation, "Winter is coming: 5 essential reads about snow and ice," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of freezing point

1747, in the meaning defined above

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“Freezing point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freezing%20point. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for freezing point

freezing point

noun

English Language Learners Definition of freezing point

: the temperature at which a liquid freezes

freezing point

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Kids Definition of freezing point

: the temperature at which a liquid becomes solid

freezing point

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Medical Definition of 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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