Freeze, v. i. [imp. Froze p. p. Frozen p. pr. & vb. n. Freezing.]
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° above zero by Fahrenheit's thermometer; mercury freezes at 40° 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.]
Froze imp. of Freeze.
n 1: the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to
a solid [syn: freezing]
2: weather cold enough to cause freezing [syn: frost]
3: an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or
movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"
4: fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level; "a
freeze on hiring"
v 1: change to ice; "The water in the bowl froze" [ant: boil]
2: stop moving or become immobilized; "When he saw the police
car he froze" [syn: stop dead]
3: be cold; "I could freeze to death in this office when the
air conditioning is turned on"
4: cause to freeze; "Freeze the leftover food"
5: stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it;
"Suspend the aid to the war-torn country" [syn: suspend]
6: be very cold, below the freezing point; "It is freezing in
7: change from a liquid to a solid when cold; "Water freezes at
32 degrees Fahrenheit" [syn: freeze out, freeze down]
8: prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds";
"Freeze the assets of this hostile government" [syn: block,
immobilize, immobilise] [ant: unblock, unblock]
9: anesthetize by cold
10: suddenly behave coldly and formally; "She froze when she saw
[also: frozen, froze]