Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To solidify or coagulate.
  • intransitive verb To come together so as to form a whole or produce a result.
  • intransitive verb To cause to solidify or coagulate.
  • intransitive verb To cause to come together to form a whole or produce a result.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convert from a fluid to a solid state, especially through loss of heat, as water in freezing, or melted metal or wax in cooling; freeze, stiffen, harden, concrete, or clot.
  • To check the flow of; cause to run cold; thicken.
  • To grow hard, stiff, or thick; pass from a fluid to a solid state, especially as an effect of cold; harden; freeze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To grow hard, stiff, or thick, from cold or other causes; to become solid; to freeze; to cease to flow; to run cold; to be chilled.
  • transitive verb To change from a fluid to a solid state by cold; to freeze.
  • transitive verb To affect as if by freezing; to check the flow of, or cause to run cold; to chill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To change from a liquid to solid state perhaps by cold
  • verb transitive To coagulate, make curdled or semi-solid as gel or jelly
  • verb transitive To make rigid or immobile
  • verb intransitive To become congealed, solidify

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb become gelatinous

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English congelen, from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre : com-, com- + gelāre, to freeze; see gel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English congelen, from Middle French congeler, from Latin congelare, cognate with Spanish congelar.

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