What does freeze mean?

Definitions for freeze

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. freeze, freezingnoun

    the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid

  2. freeze, frostnoun

    weather cold enough to cause freezing

  3. freeze, haltnoun

    an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

    "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"

  4. freezeverb

    fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level

    "a freeze on hiring"

  5. freeze, stop deadverb

    stop moving or become immobilized

    "When he saw the police car he froze"

  6. freezeverb

    change to ice

    "The water in the bowl froze"

  7. freezeverb

    be cold

    "I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on"

  8. freezeverb

    cause to freeze

    "Freeze the leftover food"

  9. freeze, suspendverb

    stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it

    "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"

  10. freezeverb

    be very cold, below the freezing point

    "It is freezing in Kalamazoo"

  11. freeze, freeze out, freeze downverb

    change from a liquid to a solid when cold

    "Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit"

  12. freeze, block, immobilize, immobiliseverb

    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

    "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"

  13. freezeverb

    anesthetize by cold

  14. freezeverb

    suddenly behave coldly and formally

    "She froze when she saw her ex-husband"


  1. freezenoun

    A period of intensely cold weather.

  2. freezenoun

    A precise draw weight shot where a delivered stone comes to a stand-still against a stationary stone, making it nearly impossible to knock out.

  3. freezenoun

    A halt of a regular operation.

  4. freezenoun

    A block on pay rises.

  5. freezeverb

    Especially of a liquid, to become solid due to low temperature.

  6. freezeverb

    To lower something's temperature to the point that it freezes or becomes hard.

    Don't freeze meat twice.

  7. freezeverb

    To drop to a temperature below zero degrees celsius, where water turns to ice.

    It didn't freeze this winter, but last winter was very harsh.

  8. freezeverb

    To be affected by extreme cold.

  9. freezeverb

    To become motionless.

  10. freezeverb

    To lose or cause to lose warmth of feeling; to shut out; to ostracize.

    Over time, he froze towards her, and ceased to react to her friendly advances.

  11. freezeverb

    To prevent the movement or liquidation of a person's financial assets

    The court froze the criminal's bank account

  12. Etymology: From fresen, from freosan, from freusanan (compare Dutch vriezen, German frieren, Swedish frysa), from preus (compare Welsh (Northern) rhew, Latin pruina, and Sanskrit pruṣvá 'water drop, frost').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Freezeverb

    pret. froze; part. frozen or froze.

    When we both lay in the field,
    Frozen almost to death, how did he lap me,
    Ev’n in his garments! William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    My master and mistress are almost frozen to death. William Shakespeare.

    I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins,
    That almost freezes up the heat of life. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Juliet.

    Death came on amain,
    And exercis’d below his iron reign;
    Then upward to the seat of life he goes;
    Sense fled before him, what he touch’d he froze. Dryden.

  2. To Freezeverb

    preter. froze.

    Etymology: vriesen, Dutch.

    The aqueous humour of the eye will not freeze, which is very admirable, seeing it hath the perspicuity and fluidity of common water. John Ray, on the Creation.

    The freezing of water, or the blowing of a plant, returning at equidistant periods in all parts of the earth, would as well serve men to reckon their years by as the motions of the sun. John Locke.

    Orpheus with his lute made trees
    And mountain tops, that freeze,
    Bow themselves when he did sing. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Thou art all ice, thy kindness freezes. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Heav’n froze above severe, the clouds congeal,
    And thro’ the crystal vault appear’d the standing hail. Dryd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Freezenoun

    a frieze

  2. Freezeverb

    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

  3. Freezeverb

    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

  4. Freezeverb

    to congeal; to harden into ice; to convert from a fluid to a solid form by cold, or abstraction of heat

  5. Freezeverb

    to cause loss of animation or life in, from lack of heat; to give the sensation of cold to; to chill

  6. Freezenoun

    the act of congealing, or the state of being congealed

  7. Etymology: [OE. fresen, freosen, AS. fresan; 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 ice, prush to spirt. 18. Cf. Frost.]


  1. Freeze

    Freeze is the title of an art exhibition that took place in July 1988 in an empty London Port Authority building at Surrey Docks in London Docklands. Its main organiser was Damien Hirst. It was significant in the subsequent development of the Young British Artists.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Freeze

    frēz, v.i. to become ice or like a solid body.—v.t. to harden into ice: to cause to shiver, as with terror:—pr.p. freez′ing; pa.t. frōze; pa.p. froz′en.adj. Freez′able.—ns. Freez′ing-mix′ture, a mixture, as of pounded ice and salt, producing cold sufficient to freeze a liquid by the rapid absorption of heat; Freez′ing-point, the temperature at which water freezes, marked 32° on the Fahrenheit thermometer, and 0° on the centigrade. [A.S. fréosan, pa.p. froren; Dut. vreizen, Ger. frieren, to freeze.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. freeze

    To lock an evolving software distribution or document against changes so it can be released with some hope of stability. Carries the strong implication that the item in question will ‘unfreeze’ at some future date. “OK, fix that bug and we'll freeze for release.” There are more specific constructions on this term. A feature freeze, for example, locks out modifications intended to introduce new features but still allows bugfixes and completion of existing features; a code freeze connotes no more changes at all. At Sun Microsystems and elsewhere, one may also hear references to code slush — that is, an almost-but-not-quite frozen state.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Freeze is ranked #8239 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Freeze surname appeared 4,023 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Freeze.

    93% or 3,742 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 115 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 79 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 57 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 17 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'freeze' in Verbs Frequency: #728

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of freeze in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of freeze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of freeze in a Sentence

  1. Jackie Newgent:

    Take full advantage of your freezer, including for foods that freeze well but that you might not typically freeze, such as milk, deli meats and breads.

  2. Vipin Narang:

    We have no way to stop this or verify any pledges to freeze.

  3. Elaine Pearson:

    There should be investigations into alleged corruption which has contributed to this crisis, including any efforts to hide assets abroad, foreign governments should investigate assets and freeze Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others if appropriate.

  4. Sara Jacobs:

    I'm fortunate that I am able to pay out of pocket to be able to do it, but I think the most important thing is not saying,' Every person should go freeze their eggs.' It's that every person should have access to the full range of choices. We know that infertility doesn't discriminate by socioeconomic status, only access to fertility treatments do.

  5. Olivier Jakob from Petromatrix consultancy:

    The production freeze can therefore be seen as an un-official way for Saudi Arabia to make some room for the restart of the Iranian exports.

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