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Freeze (verb active)

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To Freeze. v.a. pret. froze; part. frozen or froze.

  1. To congeal with cold.

  2. To kill by cold.

            When we both lay in the field,
    Frozen almost to death, how did he lap me,
    Ev'n in his garments!
    Shakespeare's Richard III.

    My master and mistress are almost frozen to death. Shakesp.

  3. To chill by the loss of power or motion.

    I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins,
    That almost freezes up the heat of life.
    Sh. Rom. and Juliet.

                Death came on amain,
    And exercis'd below his iron reign;
    Then upward to the seat of life he goes;
    Sense fled before him, what he touch'd he froze.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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