- to change from a soft or fluid state to a rigid or solid state, as by cooling or freezing: The fat congealed on the top of the soup.
- to curdle; coagulate, as a fluid.
- to make or become fixed, as ideas, sentiments, or principles: Some philosophic systems lost their vitality and congealed.
Origin of congeal
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1. harden, set, jell, solidify.
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Examples from the Web for congealed
There was a patch of congealed blood behind his head: “Except for the blood…the dead man looked immaculate.”How to Get Away With a Hollywood Murder
October 10, 2014
As a result, the voice of the memoir changed and it all congealed into A Mountain of Crumbs.How I Write: Elena Gorokhova
August 2, 2012
Every pool of water on the island was congealed into a solid mass.
The blood had congealed in my hands until they were so stiff as to be almost useless.
Worse than that, for the ice would have melted and I congealed the more.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Twas as though the very night––the passion of it––congealed upon us.The Cruise of the Shining Light
Some spirits, which I had in a small keg, congealed to the consistency of honey.
- to change or cause to change from a soft or fluid state to a firm or solid state
- to form or cause to form into a coagulated mass; curdle; jell
- (intr) (of ideas) to take shape or become fixed in form
C14: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre, from com- together + gelāre to freeze
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Word Origin and History for congealed
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