from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The temperature at which a liquid of specified composition solidifies under a specified pressure.
- n. The temperature at which the liquid and solid phases of a substance of specified composition are in equilibrium at atmospheric pressure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the temperature at which a liquid freezes, and the solid and liquid phases are in equilibrium; normally the same as the melting point
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The temperature at which a liquid freezes; loosely, the temperature at which ice melts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the temperature below which a liquid turns into a solid
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One group of fish, called notothenioids, flourish in the Antarctic ocean, even though the ocean temperature is below the freezing point of their blood.
The Mercury was at times 50 deg. below the freezing point of Farenheit, and 22 deg. below that of Reaumur.