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freezing point

noun, Physical Chemistry
1.
the temperature at which a liquid freezes:
The freezing point of water is 32°F, 0°C.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50
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Examples for freezing point
  • The temperatures in a refrigerator and a freezer are geared to the freezing point of water.
  • With a higher freezing point, the tap water had an edge that outweighed the distilled water's lower temperature.
  • These liquid water droplets can be sustained as liquid below the freezing point.
  • In order for the water vapor to crystallize, the atmospheric temperature has to be at or below freezing point.
  • The bonding is even more intense and the freezing point even lower.
  • It has a lower freezing point and can be exposed to higher temperatures onboard a plane without degrading.
  • The next question, of course, is why does water grow less dense as it approaches the freezing point.
  • In the city, expect temperatures to hover right around the freezing point.
  • And while the presence of salt lowers the freezing point of ocean water, it can and does freeze.
  • Well below the freezing point of water, it's thought.
British Dictionary definitions for freezing point

freezing point

noun
1.
the temperature below which a liquid turns into a solid. It is equal to the melting point
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freezing point in Science
freezing point
  (frē'zĭng)   
The temperature at which a liquid, releasing sufficient heat, becomes a solid. For a given substance, the freezing point of its liquid form is the same as the melting point of its solid form, and depends on such factors as the purity of the substance and the surrounding pressure. The freezing point of water at a pressure of one atmosphere is 0°C (32°F); that of liquid nitrogen is -209.89°C (-345.8°F). See also state of matter.
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freezing point in Culture

freezing point definition


The temperature at which a liquid changes into a solid; the same temperature as the melting point. (See phases of matter.)

Note: Water freezes at thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit or zero degrees Celsius.
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