[ freez-drahy ]
See synonyms for: freeze-dryfreeze-drying on

verb (used with object),freeze-dried, freeze-dry·ing.
  1. to subject to freeze-drying.

Origin of freeze-dry

First recorded in 1945–50

Words Nearby freeze-dry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use freeze-dry in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for freeze-dry


verb-dries, -drying or -dried
  1. (tr) to preserve (a substance) by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum

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Scientific definitions for freeze-dry


  1. 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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