Origin of freezing
verb (used without object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
verb (used with object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
- Canasta.to play a wild card on (the discard pile) so as to make it frozen.
- Poker.to eliminate (other players) in a game of freezeout.
Origin of freeze
Examples from the Web for freezing
Contemporary Examples of freezing
The “waters of Lake Minnetonka” may have been purifying, but they were also freezing.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
They ended up crawling for much of the journey, scaling electric fences and fending off wild animals in freezing conditions.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
Yeah,” he said, “they called that pitch the freezing slider, because it just froze Horton solid.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
How about staging large-scale NATO military maneuvers at the border and freezing the assets of the kleptocracy?This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth
September 4, 2014
The water is freezing, the people are fat, and the sun will kill you.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
Historical Examples of freezing
"I shall not keep you longer from his Highness," said the Princess with freezing dignity.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
It was freezing cold, and the chill was worse in the dock that I entered.The Harbor
In winter, kept cold, yet not in danger of freezing, it will keep a week.Culture and Cooking
The horses, which had been put to long before, were freezing in the snow.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
He only trembled, as though overtaken by some horror which was freezing him.
verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)
Word Origin for freeze
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.).