- 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 congealing
There was a mess of thick, congealing blood splashed on the road and the kerb.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Congealing drops of spray came like bullets: I recall that they hurt me.The Cruise of the Shining Light
The great point is to keep the blood from congealing in the veins.Flaming June
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It was simply the effect of the sunlight on the congealing mist.Flying for France
James R. McConnell
It had ceased to rain, and a frost was congealing the moisture under foot.The Puppet Crown
- 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 congealing
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