What does freeze mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term freeze:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. freeze, freezing(noun)

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

  2. freeze, frost(noun)

    weather cold enough to cause freezing

  3. freeze, halt(noun)

    an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

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

  4. freeze(verb)

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

    "a freeze on hiring"

  5. freeze, stop dead(verb)

    stop moving or become immobilized

    "When he saw the police car he froze"

  6. freeze(verb)

    change to ice

    "The water in the bowl froze"

  7. freeze(verb)

    be cold

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

  8. freeze(verb)

    cause to freeze

    "Freeze the leftover food"

  9. freeze, suspend(verb)

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

    "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"

  10. freeze(verb)

    be very cold, below the freezing point

    "It is freezing in Kalamazoo"

  11. freeze, freeze out, freeze down(verb)

    change from a liquid to a solid when cold

    "Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit"

  12. freeze, block, immobilize, immobilise(verb)

    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

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

  13. freeze(verb)

    anesthetize by cold

  14. freeze(verb)

    suddenly behave coldly and formally

    "She froze when she saw her ex-husband"


  1. freeze(Noun)

    A period of intensely cold weather.

  2. freeze(Noun)

    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. freeze(Noun)

    A halt of a regular operation.

  4. freeze(Noun)

    A block on pay rises.

  5. freeze(Verb)

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

  6. freeze(Verb)

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

    Don't freeze meat twice.

  7. freeze(Verb)

    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. freeze(Verb)

    To be affected by extreme cold.

  9. freeze(Verb)

    To become motionless.

  10. freeze(Verb)

    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. freeze(Verb)

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

    The court froze the criminal's bank account

  12. Origin: 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' ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Freeze(noun)

    a frieze

  2. Freeze(verb)

    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. Freeze(verb)

    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. Freeze(verb)

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

  5. Freeze(verb)

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

  6. Freeze(noun)

    the act of congealing, or the state of being congealed

  7. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. freeze

    Water or other matter in the arctic or Antarctic to change or remain in a solid form.

    It's vital for water and other matter in Antarctic to freeze.

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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. Benjamin Jackson:

    It's better to crash than to freeze

  2. Del Pino:

    So de facto we have freeze conditions.

  3. RVM:

    Don’t Freeze! Surrender to the Breeze like the Trees!

  4. Vipin Narang:

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

  5. Helen Prejean:

    You are freeze-framed in an act. And the state is freeze-framed in killing.

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