- (literally) Suffering or causing frost
- (by extension, chiefly hyperbolic) Very cold
- (with above or below) Zero °C, the freezing point of water.
- 1998, Bruce Jakosky, The Search for Life on Other Planets:
- Despite this, the average temperature at the surface [of Mars] is 50–60K below freezing, making it hard to imagine that any plants or animals could survive.
frosty — see frosty
- (uncountable, physics, chemistry) The change in state of a substance from liquid to solid by cooling to a critically low temperature.
- 1829, James Macauley, The natural, statistical, and civil history of the state of New York:
- Hence, there is a succession of thawings and freezings. The former expand, and endeavour to restore the surface of the ground to its natural condition, while the latter contract and harden it.
- (countable, medicine) The action of numbing with anesthetics.
the change in state of a substance from liquid to solid on cooling
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