freezing Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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freezingnoun [U]

chemistry the ​change or ​process of ​changing from a ​liquid to a ​solidsubstance

freezingadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfri·zɪŋ/
cold enough for ​liquids to ​turn to ​ice: We can ​expect freezing ​temperatures all ​week. fig. Freezing also ​means very ​cold: It’s freezing in here – ​turn off the ​airconditioner!
(Definition of freezing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"freezing" in British English

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freezingadjective, adverb

uk   us   /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/
B1 extremelycold: It's freezing in here - can I ​close the ​window? They ​survived for four ​hours in the freezing ​water. After ​walking through the ​snow, my ​feet were freezing. I had to ​wait for ​hours on the freezing coldstationplatform.
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  • It's freezing ​cold today.
  • So Roger ​spent the ​night in a freezing ​garage, did he? That'll ​teach him to go out without his ​housekeys!
  • Come in - you must be freezing out there!
  • I haven't got my ​coat and I'm freezing.
  • It was freezing as we ​walkedhome last ​night.


uk   us   /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/
turning to ​ice: Freezing ​fog and ​icypatches are ​expected to ​causeproblems for ​motoriststonight.
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freezingnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈfriː.zɪŋ/ (also freezing point)
the ​temperature (0°C) at which ​waterbecomesice: The ​temperature was below freezing for most of the ​day.
(Definition of freezing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “freezing”
in Arabic قارِس…
in Korean 얼어 죽을것 같이 추운…
in Portuguese gelado, congelado…
in Catalan molt fred…
in Japanese ひどく寒い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 极冷的(地)…
in Turkish dondurucu, çok üşüten, insanın iliklerine kadar işleyen…
in Russian ледяной, очень холодный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 極冷的(地)…
in Italian gelido…
in Polish mroźny, ≈ zimno…
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