- 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 congeal
But when directed inward, that lifeblood tends to congeal, while exposed to rigorous movement it can offer sustaining power.Voting For Yair Lapid, Israel’s Maimonides
Rabbi Daniel Landes
February 4, 2013
Then take it off directly, strain it, and put it into moulds to congeal.
You may put it into moulds to congeal, setting them in a cold place.
Beat it thoroughly and turn it into a mould and set on the ice to congeal.
Wet a mould and pour the mixture into it; 102set on the ice to congeal.
Elise felt the allusion, and her blood seemed to congeal in her heart.Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
- 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 congeal
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