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[ free-zing ]


  1. (of temperatures) approaching, at, or below the freezing point.
  2. extremely or uncomfortably cold; chilled:

    We were both freezing and welcomed the hot cocoa.

  3. beginning to freeze or partially frozen; frozen; in the process of being or becoming frozen. frozen.


/ ˈfriːzɪŋ /


  1. informal.
    extremely cold

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Other Words From

  • freezing·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of freezing1

First recorded in 1605–15; freeze + -ing 2
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Example Sentences

We should try to stay below the 32-degree freezing mark for the first time this season, with high temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Some slick spots are a good bet in areas where temperatures fall below freezing or snow coats roads.

On any given group run in sub-freezing temperatures, it’s amazing to see the variety of hand protection on display.

After a thaw today, colder air arrives Wednesday with the possibility of snow, possibly mixed with sleet and freezing rain at times Wednesday night through Friday morning.

If one or both waves pass to our north, we would see more sleet and freezing rain or even rain, while northern Maryland and Pennsylvania would get most of the snow.

Creating PGCs from skin tissue, on the other hand, seems like a walk in the park compared to egg freezing.

The “waters of Lake Minnetonka” may have been purifying, but they were also freezing.

Drew Servis, 24, was walking home Sunday night and recalls the temperature well below freezing.

They ended up crawling for much of the journey, scaling electric fences and fending off wild animals in freezing conditions.

Apple is already positioning egg freezing as a boon to women at the company.

One day in April the thermometer suddenly rose to eighteen above the freezing-point of Fahrenheit.

It is not an easy matter to sit up in a gale of wind, with freezing spray, and sometimes green seas, sweeping over one!

A sprout just showing will endure several nights' freezing if there is some warm sun in the day-time.

Did they perish from exposure to hunger and exhaustion, and the freezing blasts of winter?

When they start downward they have, as observations show, a temperature not much above the freezing point of salt water.





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