Freezing is a phase transition where a liquid turns into a solid when its temperature is lowered below its freezing point. In accordance with the internationally established definition, freezing means the solidification phase change of a liquid or the liquid content of a substance, usually due to cooling.
Although some authors differentiate solidification from freezing as a process where a liquid turns into a solid by increasing the pressure, the two terms are used interchangeably.
For most substances, the melting and freezing points are the same temperature; however, certain substances possess differing solid–liquid transition temperatures. For example, agar displays a hysteresis in its melting point and freezing point. It melts at 85 °C (185 °F) and solidifies from 32 °C to 40 °C (89.6 °F to 104 °F).
Suffering or causing frost
The change in state of a substance from liquid to solid by cooling to a critically low temperature.
The action of numbing with anesthetics.
present participle of freeze
The process by which something thaws.
Tending to freeze; for freezing; hence, cold or distant in manner.
the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid;
"the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"
"the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"
warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt;
"they welcomed the spring thaw"