Definition of freezing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrēziNG/


1Below 32°F (0°C): strong winds and freezing temperatures
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  • Although it was unseasonably warm this day, we expected the temperature to dip below the freezing level as the night wore on.
  • I got off the airplane on a freezing day.
  • When her bare leg met the freezing air below, however, she let out a strangled yelp and jumped away.
bitter, bitterly cold, icy, chill, frosty, glacial, wintry, subzero, hypothermic;
raw, biting, piercing, bone-chilling, penetrating, cutting, numbing;
1.1(Used hyperbolically) very cold: he was freezing and miserable [as submodifier]: it was freezing cold outside
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  • Come next January, though, I have a feeling that there will be many annoyed people around the country, out on the streets outside pubs in the freezing cold!
  • We ended up waiting outside in the freezing cold for about 45 minutes, maybe more, before we got in.
  • It's not like I have to sleep outside in the freezing cold.
frozen, extremely cold, numb with cold, chilled to the bone/marrow, frozen stiff, shivery, shivering
informal frozen to death
1.2(Of fog or rain) consisting of droplets that freeze rapidly on contact with a surface to form ice.
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  • Beginning to shiver himself in the freezing rain, he said, ‘Yeah, I guess it is cold.’
  • Inclement weather, which included snow, sleet, and freezing rain, and poor track conditions were cited as the reasons for cancellation.
  • Winter storms normally bring ordinary rain, freezing rain and sleet as well as snow.


The freezing point of water: the temperature was well above freezing
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  • But they stressed England would not be hit as hard as north of the border, though temperatures would drop below freezing tonight.
  • A city office building that had been used as an emergency shelter when temperatures fell to below freezing was closed last year.
  • Snow is on the ground in the area and temperatures well below freezing are expected tonight.

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Syllabification: freez·ing

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