• WordNet 3.6
    • v freeze suddenly behave coldly and formally "She froze when she saw her ex-husband"
    • v freeze anesthetize by cold
    • v freeze be cold "I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on"
    • v freeze prohibit the conversion or use of (assets) "Blocked funds","Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
    • v freeze stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"
    • v freeze change to ice "The water in the bowl froze"
    • v freeze cause to freeze "Freeze the leftover food"
    • v freeze change from a liquid to a solid when cold "Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit"
    • v freeze stop moving or become immobilized "When he saw the police car he froze"
    • v freeze be very cold, below the freezing point "It is freezing in Kalamazoo"
    • n freeze fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level "a freeze on hiring"
    • n freeze an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement "a halt in the arms race","a nuclear freeze"
    • n freeze weather cold enough to cause freezing
    • n freeze the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Francis Bacon died of hypothermia while trying to freeze a chicken by stuffing it with snow.
    • n Freeze frēz (Arch) A frieze.
    • n Freeze The act of congealing, or the state of being congealed.
    • Freeze To become chilled with cold, or as with cold; to suffer loss of animation or life by lack of heat; as, the blood freezes in the veins.
    • Freeze To become congealed by cold; to be changed from a liquid to a solid state by the abstraction of heat; to be hardened into ice or a like solid body.
    • Freeze To cause loss of animation or life in, from lack of heat; to give the sensation of cold to; to chill. "A faint, cold fear runs through my veins,
      That almost freezes up the heat of life."
    • Freeze To congeal; to harden into ice; to convert from a fluid to a solid form by cold, or abstraction of heat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: We are in the middle of an ice age. Ice ages include both cold and warm periods; at the moment we are experiencing a relatively warm span of time known as an "interglacial period." Geologists believe that the warmest part of this period occurred from 1890 through 1945 and that since 1945 things have slowly begun freezing up again.
    • freeze To congeal; harden into ice; change from a fluid to a solid form by cold or abstraction of heat.
    • freeze To affect with frost; stiffen, harden, injure, kill, etc., by congealing the fluid portions of; hence, to produce some analogous effect in.
    • freeze As a knight of old, at the very moment when he would else have unhorsed his opponent, was often frozen into unjust inactivity by the king's arbitrary signal for parting the tilters.
    • freeze To chill with cold; produce the sensation of intense cold in.
    • freeze To be congealed by cold; be changed from a liquid to a solid state by the abstraction of heat; be hardened into ice or into a solid body by cold: as, water freezes at the temperature of 32° F.
    • freeze To be of that degree of cold at which water congeals: often used impersonally to describe the state of the weather: as, it is freezing tonight.
    • freeze To suffer the effects of intense cold; be stiffened, hardened, or impaired by cold.
    • freeze Figuratively, to be or become chilled; suffer greatly from the sensation of cold.
    • freeze To cause a sensation of great cold.
    • n freeze Frost or its results; chilling or freezing conditions: as, there was a strong freeze last night.
    • n freeze See frieze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1972, a group of scientists reported that you could cure the common cold by freezing the big toe.
    • v.i Freeze frēz to become ice or like a solid body
    • v.t Freeze to harden into ice: to cause to shiver, as with terror:—pr.p. freez′ing; pa.t. frōze; pa.p. froz′en
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Thou art all ice. Thy kindness freezes.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.”
  • Augusta Jane Evans
    Augusta Jane Evans
    “Oh! Duty is an icy shadow. It will freeze you. It cannot fill the heart's sanctuary.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
    “Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm.”


When hell freezes over - An impossible or very unlikely situation or event


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fresen, freosen, AS. freósan,; akin to D. vriezen, OHG. iosan, G. frieren, Icel. frjsa, Sw. frysa, Dan. fryse, Goth. frius, cold, frost, and prob. to L. prurire, to itch, E. prurient, cf. L. prna, a burning coal, pruina, hoarfrost, Skr. prushvā, ice, prush, to spirt. 18. Cf. Frost


In literature:

They will freeze hard, and last till spring.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Do all liquids expand on freezing?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Put into the freezer; when it begins to freeze the whites of two eggs beaten to a stiff froth may be added.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Whip this solid; then freeze.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Were the needy in great barren Russia to continue to freeze and starve?
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
That is to say, that in order to freeze, it requires a temperature of seventy-two degrees colder than that at which water freezes.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Half dazed, I turned to look for Bijesing, and, as I did so, all sense of vitality seemed to freeze within me.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Winter one year set in early, and it was freezing hard.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
At nights they pitched their tent amid the vast loneliness, banking it with snow to keep out the freezing cold.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
Her face looks like the Madonna in the chapel window, and she will freeze to death if nobody cares for her.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various

In poetry:

Woman, man, they mouthed; they spake a thing
Armed to split a mountain, sunder seas:
Still the frozen king
Lay and felt him freeze.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
In January everything freezes.
We have two children. Both are she'ses.
This is our January rule:
One girl in bed, and one in school.
"One Third Of The Calendar" by Ogden Nash
But we are still too young, or old;
There man is gone,
Before we do our wares unfold:
So we freeze on,
Until the grave increase our cold.
"Employment [II]" by George Herbert
When, stricken by the freezing blast,
A nation's living pillars fall,
How rich the storied page, how vast,
A word, a whisper, can recall!
"Birthday Of Daniel Webster" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
—"I would not freeze thee, shorn one," cried
The North, "knew I but how
To warm my breath, to slack my stride;
But I am ruled as thou."
"The Subalterns" by Thomas Hardy
Go, age, and let thy withered cheek
Be wet once more with freezing tears;
And bid thy trembling sorrows speak,
In accents of departed years.
"The Last Prophecy Of Cassandra" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Arrow Rock Folk Jam & Ice Cream Freeze Off .
INTERVIEWS Watch Bahamas Cover 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out ' While Reading a 15,000-Word Springsteen Profile.
'Champions Bowl' won't freeze out ACC.
The marriage between two of the strongest conferences in the country would squeeze out and freeze out the weaker ACC.
The freeze out on 29th Avenue involves a heated battle over liquor laws.
Rapids freeze out Quakes, head to Cup.
Colorado reached its second MLS Cup final -- its first in 13 years -- with a deserved 1-0 triumph over visiting San Jose in sub-freezing temperatures just outside Denver.
It's a 10th Street freeze out for car owners.
Will Snowstorms Freeze Out Fenty.
Pretty Woman 's Julia Roberts said something like, "You can freeze water on her butt".
EU Bid to Freeze Out Patio Heaters Jan 31, 2008 Printable format Email this Article Search.
The first half was a freeze-out for the Rebels.
US sanctions freeze out Iran's World of Warcraft gamers.
Check out this homemade video to see them pay tribute to the "Big Man" during Tenth Ave Freeze-Out .
Shipwreck to be freeze-dried , rebuilt.

In science:

Now on to the eigenvalues freezing with moduli smaller than unity.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
Once such freezing has been observed the corresponding eigenfunction has approached its final shape on the resolved phase space scales.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
For each data set we constructed an e-χ2 space by freezing e at set values but allowing all other parameters (except orbital period, always held fixed) to run free.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Stable runs are obtained for Gamma freezing shift with either 1+log or K freezing slicings.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
In particular, freezing the evolution of the ˜Γi while keeping the shift static suffices to obtain stability.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity