congeal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v congeal become gelatinous "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many wonder what the difference is between jelly, preserves, jam, and marmalade. In all cases, jelly is the common denominator. Jelly is fruit juice with added sugar, cooled and congealed, usually by the addition of gelatin or pectin. Preserves preserve the largest percentage of the original fruit, containing whole chunks of it in addition to jelly. Jam is jelly plus fruit pulp. Marmalade has bits of fruit and the rinds in a jelly. Although the orange variety is most common, it is often made from other citrus fruits. Spread either of the four on toast, add a nice cup of tea, and you have one sweet treat.
    • Congeal To affect as if by freezing; to check the flow of, or cause to run cold; to chill. "As if with horror to congeal his blood."
    • Congeal To change from a fluid to a solid state by cold; to freeze. "A vapory deluge lies to snow congealed ."
    • v. i Congeal 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. "Lest zeal, now melted . . .
      Cool and congeal again to what it was ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • congeal 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.
    • congeal To check the flow of; cause to run cold; thicken.
    • congeal To grow hard, stiff, or thick; pass from a fluid to a solid state, especially as an effect of cold; harden; freeze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Congeal kon-jēl′ to freeze: to change from fluid to solid by cold: to solidify, as by cold
    • v.i Congeal to pass from fluid to solid, as by cold: to stiffen: to coagulate
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Quotations

  • Lynn White
    Lynn White
    “We live in an era when rapid change breeds fear, and fear too often congeals us into a rigidity which we mistake for stability.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    Dorothy%20Parker
    “Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. congeler, L. congelare, -gelatumn,; con-, + gelare, to freeze, gelu, frost. See Gelid

Usage

In literature:

The nights, almost two weeks of Earth-time in length, congealed by the deadly frigidity of Space.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Canst thou not feel My warm blood o'er my heart congeal?
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Some spirits, which I had in a small keg, congealed to the consistency of honey.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
Congealing drops of spray came like bullets: I recall that they hurt me.
"The Cruise of the Shining Light" by Norman Duncan
It deceives the eye from a distance, but freezes the blood and congeals the soul when intimately known.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
There was a mess of thick, congealing blood splashed on the road and the kerb.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
His mind had congealed with the horror of the situation.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The ambitions of Mamise congealed along with the other stirring things.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The waterplug being left in solitude, its overflowings sullenly congealed, and turned to misanthropic ice.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
On feeling my head I found that I had a long scalp-wound, upon which the blood was congealed.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:


It lay and suffered in the heat
Its limpid eyes rolled high
And from its fast congealing gills
Escaped a gentle sigh.
"The Turds of the Scouts" by General George S Patton Jnr
Hope, that buds in lover's heart,
Lives not through the scorn of years;
Time makes love itself depart;
Time and scorn congeal the mind,--
Looks unkind
Freeze affection's warmest tears.
"Blighted Love" by Luis Vaz de Camoes
But the awe, the dread that o'er him came,
This fateful night he quak'd to feel!
It was not fear of tide or wind ,...
'Twas that low breathlessness of mind,
When the heart-veins congeal.
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
I. And must I, ghastly guest of this dark dwelling,
Pale senseless tenant! must I come to this?
And must this heart congeal, now warmly swelling
To woe's soft languor, rapture's melting bliss?
"The Tomb" by Sydney Owenson
The room will do. All that's left of the old life
is jampacked on shelves from floor to ceiling
like a supermarket: your books, your dead wife
generously fat in her polished frame, the congealing
"Doors, Doors, Doors" by Anne Sexton
Two wooden posts, wherefrom has peeled
The weather-crumbled paint, still rise;
Gaunt things--that groan when someone tries
The gate whose hinges, rust-congealed,
Snarl open:--on each post still lies
Its carven lion with a shield.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

It's fun to really hear all those words crumpling and congealing together before zooming in and trying to decipher what he's actually saying.
Chewing gum was originally exactly that, congealed tree gum or resin, plus a flavoring agent, also usually natural.
Chewing gum was originally exactly that, congealed tree gum or resin, plus a flavoring agent, also usually natural.
The plot congeals when Dustan and the Persian army are tricked into invading the city of Alamut, where the enemy is allegedly hiding weapons of what would then qualify as mass destruction.
As the Summer of Love shriveled and congealed into the psychic sewer of the Me Generation, few were interested in inner journeys that stretched any farther than gazing at the navel.
My mom lived and learned to cook during the 1950s and '60s, the heyday of the congealed salad and dessert.
The blood pudding is congealing, the cream is clotting, and the kippers are pickling.
Skim any congealed fat form surface of juice and discard.
Coated in peanut powder and rolled in cilantro, the delicacy wasn't quite as gelatinous as I had expected—considering that I was eating congealed blood.
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