(froze; frozen; freezing)
Etymology: Middle English fresen, from Old English frēosan; akin to Old High German friosan to freeze, Latin pruina hoarfrost, Old English frost frost
Date: before 12th century
a. to become congealed into ice by cold
b. to solidify as a result of abstraction of heat
c. to withstand freezing <the bread freezes well> 2. to become chilled with cold <almost froze to death> 3. to adhere solidly by or as if by freezing <pressure caused the metals to freeze> 4. to become fixed or motionless; especially to become incapable of acting or speaking 5. to become clogged with ice <the water pipes froze> transitive verb 1. a. to harden into ice b. to convert from a liquid to a solid by cold 2. to make extremely cold ; chill 3. a. to act on usually destructively by frost b. to anesthetize by cold 4. to cause to grip tightly or remain in immovable contact 5. a. to cause to become fixed, immovable, unavailable, or unalterable <freeze interest rates> b. to immobilize by governmental regulation the expenditure, withdrawal, or exchange of <freeze foreign assets> c. to render motionless <a fake froze the defender> 6. to attempt to retain continuous possession of (a ball or puck) without an attempt to score usually in order to protect a small lead • freezingly adverb II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. an act or instance of freezing b. the state of being frozen 2. a state of weather marked by low temperature especially when below the freezing point 3. a halt in the production, testing, and deployment of military weapons <a nuclear freeze>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.