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noun Physical Chemistry.

the temperature at which a liquid freezes: The freezing point of water is 32°F, 0°C.

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Origin of freezing point

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for freezing point

freezing point

noun

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

freezing point
[ frēzĭng ]

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

freezing point

The temperature at which a liquid changes into a solid; the same temperature as the melting point. (See phases of matter.)

notes for freezing point

Water freezes at thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit (see also Fahrenheit) or zero degrees Celsius.
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