- to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
- to become hard or stiffened because of loss of heat, as objects containing moisture: Meat will freeze in a few hours.
- to suffer the effects of intense cold; have the sensation of extreme cold: We sat there freezing until the heat came on.
- to be of the degree of cold at which water freezes: It may freeze tonight.
- to lose warmth of feeling; be stunned or chilled with fear, shock, etc.: My heart froze when she told me the news.
- to become immobilized through fear, shock, etc.: When he got in front of the audience he froze.
- to stop suddenly and remain motionless; halt: I froze in my tracks.
- to become obstructed by the formation of ice, as pipes: Our basement water pipes often freeze in winter.
- to die or be injured because of frost or cold.
- (of a screw, nail, or the like) to become rigidly fixed in place, as from rust or dirt.
- to become fixed to something by or as if by the action of frost.
- to become unfriendly, secretive, or aloof (often followed by up): He froze at such a personal question.
- to become temporarily inoperable; cease to function (often followed by up): The new software made my computer freeze.
- to harden into ice; change from a fluid to a solid form by loss of heat; congeal.
- to form ice on the surface of (a river, pond, etc.).
- to harden or stiffen (an object containing moisture) by cold.
- to quick-freeze.
- to subject to freezing temperature; place in a freezer or in the freezing compartment of a refrigerator.
- to cause to suffer the effects of intense cold; produce the sensation of extreme cold in.
- to cause to lose warmth as if by cold; chill with fear; dampen the enthusiasm of.
- to cause (a person or animal) to become fixed through fright, alarm, shock, etc.: Terror froze him to the steering wheel.
- to kill by frost or cold: A late snow froze the buds.
- to fix fast with ice: a sled frozen to a sidewalk.
- to obstruct or close (a pipe or the like) by the formation of ice: The storm had frozen the hydrant.
- to fix (rents, prices, etc.) at a specific amount, usually by government order.
- to stop or limit production, use, or development of: an agreement to freeze nuclear weapons.
- Finance. to render impossible of liquidation or collection: Bank loans are frozen in business depressions.
- Surgery. to render part of the body insensitive to pain or slower in its function by artificial means.
- 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.
- to photograph (a moving subject) at a shutter speed fast enough to produce an unblurred, seemingly motionless image.
- Movies. to stop by means of a freeze-frame mechanism: You can freeze the action at any point.
- Sports. to maintain possession of (a ball or puck) for as long as possible, usually without trying to score, thereby reducing the opponent's opportunities for scoring.
- Ice Hockey. to hold (a puck) against the boards with the skates or stick, causing play to stop and forcing a face-off.
- the act of freezing; state of being frozen.
- Also called ice-up. Meteorology. a widespread occurrence of temperatures below 32°F (0°C) persisting for at least several days: A freeze is expected in the coastal areas.
- a frost.
- a legislative action, especially in time of national emergency, to control prices, rents, production, etc.: The government put a freeze on new construction.
- a decision by one or more nations to stop or limit production or development of weapons, especially nuclear weapons.
- freeze on/onto, Informal. to adhere closely to; hold on; seize.
- freeze out, to exclude or compel (somebody) to withdraw from membership, acceptance, a position of influence or advantage, etc., by cold treatment or severe competition.
- freeze over, to coat or become coated with ice: The lake freezes over for several months each year.
Origin of freeze
Related Words for frozerefrigerate, chill, fix, suspend, stiffen, pierce, benumb, bite, frost, harden, congeal, solidify, nip, glaciate, depress, inhibit, dishearten, dampen, discourage, peg
Examples from the Web for froze
Contemporary Examples of froze
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
For just a moment, I froze and found myself imagining what it would feel like to break a pelvis.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
When I heard Friday that my friends and colleagues Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were attacked in Afghanistan, I froze.Remembering My Sisters in Danger, The AP’s Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon
April 4, 2014
The East River froze at least a dozen times between 1780 and 1888.From Snowy Atlanta to Sunny Sochi, It's All About Global Weirding
February 12, 2014
They froze, to greater and lesser degrees, virtually all of their nuclear programs.Obama Wins Round One on Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
December 4, 2013
Historical Examples of froze
If the ice that froze up the spring of his love would but begin to melt!Weighed and Wanting
I guess that hoss thinks he's goin' to be froze to the ground.Tiverton Tales
As soon as the Prairie-dog sat up with some food in his hand she froze into a statue.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Johnsons hands had hardy touched it before it froze immediately.The Field of Ice
One winter, the ground was covered with snow, and it froze horribly.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
- the past tense of freeze
- to change (a liquid) into a solid as a result of a reduction in temperature, or (of a liquid) to solidify in this way, esp to convert or be converted into ice
- (when intr, sometimes foll by over or up) to cover, clog, or harden with ice, or become so covered, clogged, or hardenedthe lake froze over last week
- to fix fast or become fixed (to something) because of the action of frost
- (tr) to preserve (food) by subjection to extreme cold, as in a freezer
- to feel or cause to feel the sensation or effects of extreme cold
- to die or cause to die of frost or extreme cold
- to become or cause to become paralysed, fixed, or motionless, esp through fear, shock, etche froze in his tracks
- (tr) to cause (moving film) to stop at a particular frame
- to decrease or cause to decrease in animation or vigour
- to make or become formal, haughty, etc, in manner
- (tr) to fix (prices, incomes, etc) at a particular level, usually by government direction
- (tr) to forbid by law the exchange, liquidation, or collection of (loans, assets, etc)
- (tr) to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or use of (something specified)
- (tr) to stop (a process) at a particular stage of development
- (tr) informal to render (tissue or a part of the body) insensitive, as by the application or injection of a local anaesthetic
- (intr foll by onto) informal, mainly US to cling
- the act of freezing or state of being frozen
- meteorol a spell of temperatures below freezing point, usually over a wide area
- the fixing of incomes, prices, etc, by legislation
- another word for frost
- mainly US a command to stop still instantly or risk being shot
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.).
- To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
- To make or become congealed, stiffened, or hardened by exposure to cold.
- To change from a liquid to a solid state by cooling or being cooled to the freezing point.