from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To solidify by or as if by freezing: "My aim . . . was to take the Hill by storm before . . . opposition to spending cuts congealed” ( David A. Stockman).
  • intransitive v. To coagulate; jell.
  • transitive v. To cause to solidify or coagulate or to undergo a process likened to solidification or coagulation. See Synonyms at coagulate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To change from a liquid to solid state perhaps by cold
  • v. To coagulate, make curdled or semi-solid as gel or jelly
  • v. To make rigid or immobile
  • v. To become congealed, solidify

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow hard, stiff, or thick, from cold or other causes; to become solid; to freeze; to cease to flow; to run cold; to be chilled.
  • transitive v. To change from a fluid to a solid state by cold; to freeze.
  • transitive v. To affect as if by freezing; to check the flow of, or cause to run cold; to chill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To convert from a fluid to a solid state, especially through loss of heat, as water in freezing, or melted metal or wax in cooling; freeze, stiffen, harden, concrete, or clot.
  • To check the flow of; cause to run cold; thicken.
  • To grow hard, stiff, or thick; pass from a fluid to a solid state, especially as an effect of cold; harden; freeze.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become gelatinous


Middle English congelen, from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre : com-, com- + gelāre, to freeze; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English congelen, from Middle French congeler, from Latin congelare, cognate with Spanish congelar. (Wiktionary)



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