• WordNet 3.6
    • n freezing the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1989, twenty-three people were hired in Jacksonville Florida just to flush toilets so the pipes would not freeze
    • a Freezing Tending to freeze; for freezing; hence, cold or distant in manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Francis Bacon died of hypothermia while trying to freeze a chicken by stuffing it with snow.
    • n freezing The act of hardening, congealing, or solidifying with cold; freezing or chilling treatment.
    • freezing 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.
    • freezing Figuratively, haughty; stern; chilling: as, freezing politeness.
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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


In literature:

It will be freezing before night.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
I hope you starve and freeze back there in the hills, as you deserve!
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Through the center brawled a noisy torrent that was too swift to freeze.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
The shack would have to be relined, for there was not sufficient protection from the weather and we would freeze in the first cold spell.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
The temperature was then under the freezing point of mercury.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Every year they freeze back.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
The first crew of the lifeboat were worn out with their exertions, and the blows and buffetings of the freezing sea-spray.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
But the river will freeze if we give it time.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Two freezing pipes from the engine answered; they sounded cold.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
It is somewhat troublesome to lay concrete in very cold weather, because of the danger of freezing and cracking.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan

In poetry:

No more her faithful heart shall bear
Those griefs so meekly borne,—­
The passing sneer, the freezing stare,
The icy look of scorn;
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'So, my lady, you raise the veil by degrees….
I own this last is enough to freeze
The warmest wight!
Now hear the other side, if you please:
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
O'er all his wounded Soul had crept ;
The freezing palsy of despair
And long the notes of Hope had slept,
Hush'd by the drowning voice of Care.
"The Exile" by Laura Sophia Temple
A warmth within the breast would melt
The freezing reason's colder part,
And like a man in wrath the heart
Stood up and answer'd, "I have felt."
"In Memoriam A. H. H. Obiit: 124." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Not ours to ask in freezing tones
His race, his calling, or his creed;
Each heart the tie of kinship owns,
When those are human veins that bleed.
"Hymn Read At The Dedication Of The Oliver Wendell Holmes Hospital At Hudson, Wisconsin" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The pleasures thou hast planned,—­
Where shall their memory be
When the white angel with the freezing hand
Shall sit and watch by thee?
"The Promise" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

From fungus to freezing, bizarre methods are employed to make sweet wines, but the results are among the most delicious, complex sips.
Freezing rain chances greatly diminished.
There is a benefit to growing up in a city where the winter temperature can quickly dip into the negative digits: it freezes everything.
The newly discovered red ink has already forced the city to freeze hiring and cut overtime hours, Miami's Chief Financial Officer Larry Spring says.
A Freeze Warning is in effect for Monday morning.
Shields and Brooks Dissect Beck Rally, Brewer Brain Freeze, DC Sharks.
Freezing conditions again on Tuesday morning for the interior and a freeze warning is again in place for the SLO county interior.
Delays Put $4.5 Billion Arctic Drilling Plan in Danger of Missing Window Before Next Freeze.
Freezing drizzle leave roads icy through weekend.
Wednesday evening's freezing drizzle was caused by fluctuating temperatures.
Dec 2 2011, a cold night at Autzen Stadium with temperatures below freezing and a night to remember.
Marlborough – Mayor Nancy Stevens got proactive at the onset of the current financial crisis by instituting a city-wide spending freeze.
The wonderment of why and the ensuing brain freeze.
Freeze fresh fruit now for healthy smoothies all year long.
Cummins Starts Hiring Freeze After Slower Sales.

In science:

The freezing effect on the system dynamics remind us the quantum Zeno effect .
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms
One way to try to get an idea about wellposedness is to freeze the coefficients at a fixed time t and do a Fourier tranform of the resulting system with constant coefficients.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
This choice is the second-quantization analog of ‘freezing’ φ = ±v without performing the functional integration as in ref. or without first re-summing the zero-momentum tadpole graphs as in ref..
A connection between gravity and the Higgs field
However, the freezing is not total, since a in (114) is not zero.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
Tg , where the random-globule state undergoes glassy freezing.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach