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congeal

Syllabification: con·geal
Pronunciation: /kənˈjēl
 
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Definition of congeal in English:

verb

[no object]
1Solidify or coagulate, especially by cooling: the blood had congealed into blobs (as adjective congealed) congealed egg white
More example sentences
  • John got up and began rummaging through the refrigerator, eventually seizing on a plate plied with pizza slices congealed into an amorphous lump that resembled a failed lasagna.
  • Although overall it was linear and limber, in places it congealed into colorful clots.
  • Another possibility, he speculated, was that lubricant has congealed into a buttery texture, preventing it from being evenly spread among the gear's moving parts.
Synonyms
1.1Take shape or coalesce, especially to form a satisfying whole: the ballet failed to congeal as a single oeuvre
More example sentences
  • Yet somehow the film's parts never quite congeal into a satisfying whole.
  • In other words, his life, which was open to infinite possibility, congeals into the closed shape of a Destiny.
  • Knowing that the book is devoted to obscenity, the viewer strives to make these recalcitrant shapes congeal into something naughty.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelare, from con- 'together' + gelare 'freeze' (from gelu 'frost').

Derivatives

congealable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The microspheres were prepared by a modified hydrophobic congealable disperse-phase method.
  • Designed as a first stage pre-filter for mist and congealable contaminants we manufacture a variety of high efficiency, chevron style impingers.
  • This invention relates to dump tanks and has particular reference to emergency dump tanks for the retention of congealable materials.

congealment

2
noun
( archaic )
Example sentences
  • (If I had guts, I would've eaten one of those hot dogs with dodgy looking congealments on them).
  • An example here is their President, who denounces the ways in which certain patterns of thought led to the congealment of an impersonal ‘juggernaut of power’ in the form of authoritarian states.
  • While she is away, he wonders if the congealment of his blood is a sign that he should not continue.

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