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freeze / frēz/ • v. (past froze / frōz/ ; past part. fro·zen / ˈfrōzən/ ) 1. [intr.] (of a liquid) be turned into ice or another solid as a result of extreme cold: in the winter the milk froze. ∎  [tr.] turn (a liquid) into ice or another solid in such a way. ∎  (of something wet or containing liquid) become blocked, covered, or rigid with ice: the pipes had frozen. ∎  [tr.] cause (something wet or containing liquid) to become blocked, covered, or rigid with ice: the ground was frozen hard. ∎  be or feel so cold that one is near death (often used hyperbolically): you'll freeze to death standing there. ∎  [tr.] (of the weather) cause (someone) to feel so cold that they are near death. ∎  (of the weather) be at or below freezing: at night it froze again. ∎  [tr.] deprive (a part of the body) of feeling, esp. by the application of a chilled anesthetic substance. ∎  [tr.] treat (someone) with a cold manner; stare coldly at (someone): she would freeze him with a look when he tried to talk to her. 2. [tr.] store (something) at a very low temperature in order to preserve it: the cake can be frozen. ∎  [intr.] (of food) be able to be preserved in such a way: this soup freezes well. 3. [intr.] become suddenly motionless or paralyzed with fear or shock: Mathewson froze on the spot, unable to take the next step. ∎  stop moving when ordered or directed. 4. [tr.] hold (something) at a fixed level or in a fixed state for a period of time: new spending on defense was to be frozen. ∎  prevent (assets) from being used for a period of time: the charity's bank account has been frozen. ∎  stop (a moving image) at a particular frame when filming or viewing: the camera will set fast shutter speeds to freeze the action. ∎  [intr.] (of a computer screen) become temporarily locked because of system problems. • n. 1. an act of holding or being held at a fixed level or in a fixed state: workers faced a pay freeze. ∎ short for freeze-frame. 2. inf. a period of frost or very cold weather: the big freeze surprised the weathermen. PHRASES: freeze one's blood (or one's blood freezes) fill (or be filled) with a sudden feeling of great fear or horror.PHRASAL VERBS: freeze someone out inf. behave in a hostile or obstructive way so as to exclude someone from something.DERIVATIVES: freez·a·ble / -zəbəl/ adj. fro·zen·ly adv. ORIGIN: Old English frēosan (in the phrase hit frēoseth ‘it is freezing, it is so cold that water turns to ice’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriezen and German frieren, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin pruina ‘hoarfrost’ and frost.

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freeze freeze one's blood fill one with a sudden feeling of great fear or horror. The idea of the blood congealing at such a moment goes back to the late medieval period; the actual phrase is used in Hamlet, when the Ghost tells his son that he ‘could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would…freeze thy young blood.’

See also cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.

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freeze pt. froze, pp. frozen (impers.) be so cold that ice forms OE.; be converted into ice XIII; convert into ice XV. OE. str. vb. frēosan = MLG., MDu. vrēsen (Du. vriezen), OHG. frīosan (G. frieren), ON. frjósa :- Gmc. *freusan, f. *freus- *fraus- *frus- :- IE. *preus- *prous- *prus-, repr. by L. pruīna hoarfrost, Skr. pruṣvā́.

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freezing, change of a substance from the liquid to the solid state. The temperature at which freezing occurs for a pure crystalline solid is called the freezing point and is a characteristic of the particular substance. The reverse process, the change of a solid to a liquid, is called melting. See melting point; refrigeration.

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freezing See food preservation

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