from The Century Dictionary.

  • Such as to freeze; specifically, at or below the temperature of 32° F. (0° C.), which is called the freezing-point, because water freezes at that temperature; in general, very cold: as, freezing weather.
  • Figuratively, haughty; stern; chilling: as, freezing politeness.
  • noun The act of hardening, congealing, or solidifying with cold; freezing or chilling treatment.

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

  • adjective Tending to freeze; for freezing; hence, cold or distant in manner.
  • adjective See Ice machine, under Ice.
  • adjective a mixture (of salt and snow or of chemical salts) for producing intense cold.
  • adjective that degree of a thermometer at which a fluid begins to freeze; -- applied particularly to water, whose freezing point is at 32° Fahr., and at 0° Centigrade.

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

  • adjective literally Suffering or causing frost
  • adjective by extension Very cold
  • noun uncountable, physics, chemistry The change in state of a substance from liquid to solid by cooling to a critically low temperature.
  • noun countable, medicine The action of numbing with anesthetics.
  • verb Present participle of freeze.

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

  • noun the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid


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