Definitions for: Freeze


[n] fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level; "a freeze on hiring"
[n] an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"
[n] weather cold enough to cause freezing
[n] the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
[v] suddenly behave coldly and formally; "She froze when she saw her ex-husband"
[v] anesthetize by cold, as for certain surgical procedures
[v] be cold; "I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on"
[v] prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
[v] stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it; "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"
[v] change to ice; "The water in the bowl froze"
[v] cause to freeze; "Freeze the leftover food"
[v] change from a liquid to a solid when cold; "Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit"
[v] stop moving or become immobilized; "When he saw the police car he froze"
[v] be very cold, below the freezing point; "It is freezing in Kalamazoo"



Webster (1913) Definition: Freeze, n. (Arch.)
A frieze. [Obs.]


Freeze, v. i. [imp. Froze; p. p. Frozen; p. pr. &
vb. n. Freezing.] [OE. fresen, freosen, AS. fre['o]san;
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. prushv[=a] ice, prush to spirt. ? 18.
Cf. Frost.]
1. 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.

Note: Water freezes at 32[deg] above zero by Fahrenheit's
thermometer; mercury freezes at 40[deg] below zero.

2. 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.

To freeze up (Fig.), to become formal and cold in demeanor.
[Colloq.]


Freeze, v. t.
1. To congeal; to harden into ice; to convert from a fluid to
a solid form by cold, or abstraction of heat.

2. 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. --Shak.


Freeze, n.
The act of congealing, or the state of being congealed.
[Colloq.]


Freeze, v. t.

To freeze out, to drive out or exclude by cold or by cold
treatment; to force to withdraw; as, to be frozen out of
one's room in winter; to freeze out a competitor.
[Colloq.]

A railroad which had a London connection must not be
allowed to freeze out one that had no such
connection. --A. T.
Hadley.

It is sometimes a long time before a player who is
frozen out can get into a game again. --R. F.
Foster.

Synonyms: block, freezing, frost, halt, immobilise, immobilize, stop dead, suspend

Antonyms: boil, free, release, unblock, unfreeze

See Also: act, alter, anaesthetise, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anesthetize, behave, break, change, change state, chilling, cold snap, cold spell, cold wave, cold weather, cooling, deep freeze, do, fixate, flash-freeze, freeze-drying, frost, glaciate, hiring freeze, icing, interrupt, keep back, limitation, lyophilisation, lyophilization, pause, phase change, phase transition, physical change, price freeze, put out, put to sleep, put under, quick-freeze, restriction, settle on, solidify, stand still, state change, suffer, temperature reduction, turn, wage freeze, withhold

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