Freeze Freeze, v. i. [imp. {Froze} (fr[=o]z); p. p. {Frozen} (fr[=o]"z'n); 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: Water freezes at 32[deg] above zero by Fahrenheit's thermometer; mercury freezes at 40[deg] below zero. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{To freeze up} (Fig.), to become formal and cold in demeanor. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • froze — past of FREEZE. * * * past or chiefly dialect past part of freeze * * * /frohz/, v. 1. pt. of freeze. 2. Nonstandard. a pp. of freeze. * * * froze /frōz/ pat of ↑freeze * * * froze UK US the past tense of …   Useful english dictionary

  • froze — [[t]fro͟ʊz[/t]] Froze is the past tense of freeze …   English dictionary

  • froze — past of freeze …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • froze — /frohz/, v. 1. pt. of freeze. 2. Nonstandard. a pp. of freeze. * * * …   Universalium

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