- 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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Death by processes of congealment must carry an added sting if one had to die in a suit of pink rompers buttoning down the back.The Life of the Party
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- 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 congealment
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