It is only after the freeze-up that the surfaces of the lakes and rivers supply this desideratum.
There was nothing whatever to read in the cabin, and they had been there since the freeze-up!
Last fall, before the freeze-up, him an' me was headin' for camp about twilight.
I haven't been shooting any since the freeze-up because they can't do any great damage.
That the freeze-up might come any day was patent, and delays of safety were no longer considered.
The last river boat before the freeze-up had long since gone.
And each morn, toil-stiffened men turned wan faces across the lake to see if the freeze-up had come.
In Dawson City a thousand men, with dog-teams, were waiting the freeze-up to come out over the ice.
Gold-seekers who made in before the freeze-up carried the news of his coming.
They were getting in from the seal hunt ahead of the freeze-up, and he was to reach home none the worse for his adventure.
Old English freosan "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusanan (cf. Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (cf. Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").
Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].
c.1400, from freeze (v.).
v. froze (frōz), fro·zen (frō'zən), freez·ing, freez·es
To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
To make or become congealed, stiffened, or hardened by exposure to cold.
A stopping of change, esp in various monetary matters: a freeze on profits/ nuclear freeze (1930s+)