re·​frig·​er·​a·​tor | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər \

Definition of refrigerator

: something that refrigerates especially : a room or appliance for keeping food or other items cool

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Instead, in its anything-but-business-as-usual look at an artist represented far and wide on refrigerator magnets and dorm room walls, the show focuses on his often iconoclastic later work of 1940-67. Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s the (mostly) surreal thing at SFMOMA Magritte exhibition," 9 May 2018 Solar Impulse 2—and its predecessor, Solar Impulse 1—could only hold one person (the pilot) in its unheated and unpressurized refrigerator-sized cockpit; its single seat doubles as a toilet. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Inside the First Solar-Powered Flight Around the World," 1 Feb. 2018 Mincemeat will keep at least 1 year in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "What Your Holiday Table Has Been Missing," 12 Dec. 2018 Rub it into the breasts and thighs, sprinkle some inside and let the turkey sit in the refrigerator for a few days. Kim Severson, The Seattle Times, "The rise and fall of turkey brining — and here’s one chef’s new recipe," 20 Nov. 2018 If a location like this doesn't exist for you, placing your products in the refrigerator is always a good option. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Here's Exactly What Causes Mold to Grow in Skin-Care Products — and How to Avoid It," 19 Sep. 2018 Next, store the meat in the refrigerator overnight and finish cooking the next day. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science," 1 Sep. 2018 Before using it, allow the pastry to thaw completely, either overnight in the refrigerator or for 45 minutes at room temperature. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018 Initially, thaw entire package for a few hours in the refrigerator, use what’s needed, then section out individual portions in separate freezer bags to refreeze. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of refrigerator

1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of refrigerator

: a device or room that is used to keep things (such as food and drinks) cold


re·​frig·​er·​a·​tor | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər \

Kids Definition of refrigerator

: a device or room for keeping articles (as food) cool

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to gather or build up little by little

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