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[kuh n-jeel] /kənˈdʒil/
verb (used with or without object)
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
1350-1400; Middle English congelen (< Middle French congeler) < Latin congelāre, equivalent to con- con- + gelāre to freeze; see gelid
Related forms
congealable, adjective
congealability, congealableness, noun
congealedness, noun
congealer, noun
congealment, noun
half-congealed, adjective
noncongealing, adjective, noun
uncongeal, verb (used without object)
uncongealable, adjective
1. harden, set, jell, solidify. Unabridged
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  • When it becomes resinous by long exposure to the air, it loses its congealing property.

  • There was a mess of thick, congealing blood splashed on the road and the kerb.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • At the end of this time, the supernatant clear liquid is to be drawn off into congealing boxes, as will be presently explained.

  • congealing drops of spray came like bullets: I recall that they hurt me.

  • When the water evaporates a kind of congealing process sets in,--a sort of atmospheric change, don't you know?

    The Stillwater Tragedy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The great point is to keep the blood from congealing in the veins.

    Flaming June Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Toward the later evening a fine, cold rain began to fall, congealing to ice on the streets and on his metallic body.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • It was simply the effect of the sunlight on the congealing mist.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • This brittle city which owed its very existence to the congealing cold, lay enveloped in a cloud of steam.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • It had ceased to rain, and a frost was congealing the moisture under foot.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for congealing


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
(intransitive) (of ideas) to take shape or become fixed in form
Derived Forms
congealable, adjective
congealer, noun
congealment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre, from com- together + gelāre to freeze
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for congealing



late 14c., from Old French congeler (14c.) "to freeze, thicken," from Latin congelare "to cause to freeze, to freeze together," from com- "together" (see com-) + gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost, ice" (see cold (adj.)). Related: Congealed; congealing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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