verb (used with or without object), liq·ue·fied, liq·ue·fy·ing.
- to make or become liquid.
Origin of liquefy
1375–1425; late Middle English lyquefyenRelated formsliq·ue·fi·a·ble, adjectiveliq·ue·fi·er, nounnon·liq·ue·fi·a·ble, adjectivenon·liq·ue·fy·ing, adjectivere·liq·ue·fy, verb, re·liq·ue·fied, re·liq·ue·fy·ing.un·liq·ue·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·liq·ue·fied, adjective
< Old French liquefier,
translation of Latin liquefacere
to melt (see liquefacient
); see -fy
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Examples from the Web for liquefies
Historical Examples of liquefies
She liquefies the brain of man; he petrifies or ossifies the heart.
Here it stands and liquefies, which is a process of decomposition.
When it contains wheat flour, and is heated, it at first liquefies, but on cooling it becomes solid and tough.
In fact, it liquefies in much the same way as hard-boiled white of egg.
It solidifies at about −116C., and liquefies again at about −110C.
British Dictionary definitions for liquefies
verb -fies, -fying or -fiedDerived Formsliquefaction (ˌlɪkwɪˈfækʃən), nounliquefactive, adjectiveliquefiable, adjectiveliquefier, noun
- (esp of a gas) to become or cause to become liquid
Word Origin for liquefy
C15: via Old French from Latin liquefacere to make liquid
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Word Origin and History for liquefies
early 15c., from Old French liquefier "liquefy, dissolve," from Latin liquefacere "make liquid, melt," from liquere "be fluid" (see liquid (adj.)) + facere "to make" (see factitious).
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