(of foods and beverages) preserved by means of freeze-drying: freeze-dried coffee.

Nearby words

  1. freewill offering,
  2. freeze,
  3. freeze frame,
  4. freeze one's blood,
  5. freeze out,
  6. freeze-dry,
  7. freeze-drying,
  8. freeze-etch,
  9. freeze-fracture,
  10. freeze-frame

Origin of freeze-dried

First recorded in 1945–50



verb (used with object), freeze-dried, freeze-dry·ing.

to subject to freeze-drying.

Origin of freeze-dry

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for freeze-dried


verb -dries, -drying or -dried

(tr) to preserve (a substance) by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
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Science definitions for freeze-dried


To preserve a substance, such as food, by freezing it rapidly and placing it in a vacuum chamber, where the water frozen in the substance evaporates through sublimation.
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