|n.||1.||(Arch.) A frieze.|
|v. i.||1.||To become congealed by cold; to be changed from a liquid to a solid state by the abstraction of heat; to be hardened into ice or a like solid body.|
|2.||To become chilled with cold, or as with cold; to suffer loss of animation or life by lack of heat; |
|v. t.||1.||To congeal; to harden into ice; to convert from a fluid to a solid form by cold, or abstraction of heat.|
|2.||To cause loss of animation or life in, from lack of heat; to give the sensation of cold to; to chill.|
A railroad which had a London connection must not be allowed to freeze out one that had no such connection.
|n.||1.||The act of congealing, or the state of being congealed.|
|Noun||1.||freeze - the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid|
|2.||freeze - weather cold enough to cause freezing|
|3.||freeze - an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"|
|4.||freeze - fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level; "a freeze on hiring"|
|Verb||1.||freeze - change to ice; "The water in the bowl froze"|
boil - come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor; "Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius"
|2.||freeze - stop moving or become immobilized; "When he saw the police car he froze"|
Synonyms: stop dead
|3.||freeze - be cold; "I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on"|
|4.||freeze - cause to freeze; "Freeze the leftover food"|
|5.||freeze - stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it; "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"|
|6.||freeze - be very cold, below the freezing point; "It is freezing in Kalamazoo"|
|7.||freeze - change from a liquid to a solid when cold; "Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit"|
|8.||freeze - prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"|
|9.||freeze - anesthetize by cold|
|10.||freeze - suddenly behave coldly and formally; "She froze when she saw her ex-husband"|
|freeze - To lock an evolving software distribution or document against
changes so it can be released with some hope of stability.
Carries the strong implication that the item in question will
"unfreeze" at some future date.|
There are more specific constructions on this term. A "feature freeze", for example, locks out modifications intended to introduce new features but still allows bugfixes and completion of existing features; a "code freeze" connotes no more changes at all. At Sun Microsystems and elsewhere, one may also hear references to "code slush" - that is, an almost-but-not-quite frozen state.