the temperature at which a liquid freezes: The freezing point of water is 32°F, 0°C.
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Below the ice, temperatures average –68° Celsius, far past the freezing point of water, even if the lakes are a brine containing a healthy amount of salt, which lowers water’s freezing point.Lakes of liquid water at Mars’ southern ice cap may just be mirages | Adam Mann | July 16, 2021 | Science News
On his original scale, however, 100 degrees was the freezing point.Melting Butter, Poisonous Mushrooms and the Strange History of the Invention of the Thermometer | Phil Jaekl | June 1, 2021 | Time
The water mass from there was near the bottom of the cavity, about 500 meters deep, and was both less salty than the surrounding seawater and several degrees Celsius warmer than the freezing point.A trek under Thwaites Glacier’s ice shelf reveals specific risks of warm water | Carolyn Gramling | April 9, 2021 | Science News
Scientists have found insects and spiders in Alaska that create antifreeze proteins in their bodies that lower the freezing point of water by a few degrees.Fish blood could hold the answer to safer de-icing solutions during snowstorms | By Monika Bleszynski/The Conversation | February 1, 2021 | Popular-Science
Officially, the freezing point has been reached here on only five days this month.
That it is a sub-tropical summer resort with weather rarely nearing the freezing point is the most obvious.
One day in April the thermometer suddenly rose to eighteen above the freezing-point of Fahrenheit.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
When they start downward they have, as observations show, a temperature not much above the freezing point of salt water.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
On the 10th, the mercury was fourteen degrees below the freezing-point in London.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
I have often seen the temperature in the Siberian steppes fall to more than forty degrees below freezing point!Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
It is necessary only that the temperature should be kept constantly and safely above the freezing point.Dwarf Fruit Trees | F. A. Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for freezing point
the temperature below which a liquid turns into a solid. It is equal to the melting point
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Scientific definitions for freezing point
The temperature at which a liquid, releasing sufficient heat, becomes a solid. For a given substance, the freezing point of its liquid form is the same as the melting point of its solid form, and depends on such factors as the purity of the substance and the surrounding pressure. The freezing point of water at a pressure of one atmosphere is 0°C (32°F); that of liquid nitrogen is -209.89°C (-345.8°F). See also state of matter.
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Cultural definitions for freezing point
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