• WordNet 3.6
    • n refrigerator white goods in which food can be stored at low temperatures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
    • n Refrigerator That which refrigerates or makes cold; that which keeps cool.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first commercial microwave oven was called the "1161 Radarange" and was the size of a refrigerator
    • n refrigerator That which refrigerates, cools, or keeps cool; specifically, any vessel, chamber, or apparatus designed to keep its contents at a temperature little if at all above the freezing-point. In a restricted sense, a refrigerator is an inclosed chamber or compartment where meats, fish, fruit, or liquors, etc., are kept cool by the presence of ice or freezing-mixtures, or by the circulation of currents of cold air or liquid supplied by an ice-machine or a refrigerating-machine. Domestic refrigerators are made in a great variety of shapes, and may be either portable or built into the walls of a house. They range from the common icebox (which in its simplest form is merely a metallined wooden box with facilities for drainage, kept partly filled with ice on which flsh or meat may be kept) to large and elaborate ice-chests and ice-rooms. Small refrigerators are sometimes called ice-safes.
    • n refrigerator A feed-water heater, formerly used on ships, in which the boiler-feed was heated by the water or brine blown out of the boiler.
    • n refrigerator In heat-engines, a device or substance for absorbing the heat generated during the compression stage of the cycle.
    • n refrigerator In steam-engines, an obsolete device which was used for cooling the injection water for a marine condensing engine by cold sea-water. The surface-condenser renders this unnecessary.
    • n refrigerator A machine for cooling air or fluids, in which the fluid or gas is compressed, cooled, and then allowed to expand, lowering its temperature in this last stage, and withdrawing heat from objects warmer than itself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks
    • ns Refrigerator an apparatus for preserving food by keeping it at a low temperature: an ice-safe
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “What three things do you want to accomplish this year? Write them down and place them on your refrigerator for inspiration all year long.”
  • Robert Fulghum
    Robert Fulghum
    “Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. re-, denoting change of state, frigerāre, -ātum, to cool, frigus, cold.


In literature:

Besides, were there not always refrigerators and condensing machinery?
"With Botha in the Field" by Eric Moore Ritchie
In the course of the last twenty-five years, notable progress has been made in the art of preserving perishable foods through refrigeration.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
Other lots were held a day after being withdrawn from the refrigerator car and then examined.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
There being no refrigeration, meat did not keep.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
With a final hard smash, the grate gave way, clattering into the recesses of the refrigerating unit.
"Sabotage in Space" by Carey Rockwell
He who builds great barns for ice, builds a refrigerator for his soul.
"The Hills of Hingham" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Should the market be over supplied we can send this product abroad in the refrigerating compartments of steamships.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
The process is highly refrigerant, in any state of the weather.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
Pilot and passenger unstrapped themselves and hurried through the refrigerated outlet and away from the glowing-hot rocket.
"Police Operation" by H. Beam Piper
I put it in the refrigerator; I'll go and get it.
"The Story of the Big Front Door" by Mary Finley Leonard
The only space except the parlor for a refrigerator is in the bedroom.
"The Leaven in a Great City" by Lillian William Betts
The ordinary household refrigerator may be used for testing the cold.
"Rules and Practice for Adjusting Watches" by Walter J. Kleinlein
People who have no refrigerators suffer under the difficulty of buying ice, fruit, and meat on a hot Sunday in our Eastern cities.
"Liberty In The Nineteenth Century" by Frederic May Holland
Aunt Louise waited until Aunt Cordelia, who could be seen through the open doorway, straightened up from her inspection of the refrigerator.
"Emmy Lou's Road to Grace" by George Madden Martin
Noodles may be made up and kept for some time in the refrigerator.
"Quantity Cookery" by Lenore Richards
On July 31 two eggs were placed in a dish of water in a refrigerator.
"Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus" by Henry S. Fitch
During shipment it must be kept in refrigerator cars, and during transit to customers it should be iced.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
We've two refrigerators of meat from Omaha, two from Kansas City, one from Chicago.
"The Modern Railroad" by Edward Hungerford
Refrigeration is necessary to transport such cheeses to the consumer, if properly ripened.
"The Book of Cheese" by Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
This is accomplished by passing the air through pipes from a refrigerator.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett

In poetry:

My sister at six
dreamt nightly of my death:
"The baby turned to ice.
Someone put her in the refrigerator
and she turned as hard as a Popsicle."
"The Death Baby" by Anne Sexton
Not yet, not yet to interfere does England see occasion,
But treats our good commissioner with coolness and evasion;
Such coolness in the premises, that really 'tis refrigerant
To think that two long years ago she called us a belligerent.
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

Make-ahead tips: Up to 4 days ahead, make sauce and refrigerate.
Emissions regulations set to change refrigeration, APU choices.
Transport Refrigeration Repair— Baja California .
You can make this dip in less than 10 minutes or Make-Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the dip for up to 1 day.
Morehead's FE 125 has a 12-foot-long, 10-foot 6-inch-high Fresh Max refrigerated body.
They will ripen at room temperature, but if you buy them already ripe, they need to be refrigerated.
If you do find them, keep them refrigerated and boil them as soon as possible.
Read at home but one glance into my refrigerator will show you that I.
Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market to Reach USD 46.6 Billion Globally in 2018.
9 ounce package refrigerated spinach fettuccine .
There was a time, not long ago, when a suspicious public considered anything refrigerated to be not fresh.
They will keep for two months in refrigerator.
It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.
The Center for Disease Control says if your power is out for less than two hours, all the food in you refrigerator will be safe for you and your family to eat.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The Glacier Ice Arena shut down on June 13th, 2010 due to a faulty ice refrigeration system that was installed by Pace Industrial, a Canadian refrigeration company.

In science:

These sub-Kelvin temperatures are well within the range of todays dilution refrigerators.
Quantum Properties of a Nanomechanical Oscillator
The cold gas from the separator cools down the outer and inner vertical and horizontal thermal screens around the dilution refrigerator at nominal temperatures of 80 K and 4 K, respectively.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
Presently the cryogen-free dilution refrigerator and the infrastructure in the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory are being built, while the cryostat design is being completed.
Double beta decay: experiments and theory review
The precise value appears to be a matter of sample size, cooling power and thermal contact to th ≃ GN in the limit of small sample the refrigerator, and it’s quite plausible that t−1 and perfect contact to the thermal bath .
Quantum nanomagnets and nuclear spins: an overview
The device is placed in a dilution refrigerator with Tbase = 10 mK and Te = 120 mK (established by measuring the width of Coulomb blockade peaks).
Dynamic nuclear polarization using a single pair of electrons
The sample is mounted on the cold finger of a dilution refrigerator with a base temperature of less than 10 mK.
Quasiparticle Tunneling in the Fractional Quantum Hall State at \nu = 5/2
Figure 7.2. a) The Dutch setup (dilution refrigerator + sphere + hammer + PZT sensor) for measuring mechanical Q of small spheres (author’ s private collection); b) Some of the small spheres tested (author’ s private collection).
The Past, Present and Future of the Resonant-Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors
Blackbody photons that would cause unwanted quantum jumps are eliminated by lowering the cavity temperature to 100 mK with a dilution refrigerator .
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
The trap cavity is cooled to 0.1 K or below via thermal contact with the mixing chamber of an Oxford Instruments Kelvinox 300 dilution refrigerator (Fig. 5).
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
The trap electrodes and their vacuum container are located within a superconducting solenoid (Fig. 5) that makes a very homogeneous magnetic field over the interior volume of the trap cavity. A large dewar sitting on top of the solenoid dewar provides the helium needed around the dilution refrigerator below.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
Blackbody photons that could excite from the cyclotron ground state are eliminated because the trap cavity is cooled by the dilution refrigerator to 100 mK .
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
The first amplifier is at the 100 mK dilution refrigerator base temperature.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
Operating this amplifier without crashing the dilution refrigerator requires operating with a power dissipation in the FET that is three orders of magnitude below the transistor’s 10 mW design dissipation.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
The second amplifier is mounted on the nominally 600 mK still of the dilution refrigerator.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
This amplifier counteracts the attenuation of thermally-isolating but lossy stainless steel transmission line that caries the amplified signal out of the refrigerator.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment