verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to change from a soft or fluid state to a rigid or solid state, as by cooling or freezing: The fat congealed on the top of the soup.
to curdle; coagulate, as a fluid.
to make or become fixed, as ideas, sentiments, or principles: Some philosophic systems lost their vitality and congealed.

1350–1400; Middle English congelen (< Middle French congeler) < Latin congelāre, equivalent to con- con- + gelāre to freeze; see gelid

congealable, adjective
congealability, congealableness, noun
congealedness, noun
congealer, noun
congealment, noun
half-congealed, adjective
noncongealing, adjective, noun
uncongeal, verb (used without object)
uncongealable, adjective

1. harden, set, jell, solidify. Unabridged
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congeal (kənˈdʒiːl)
1.  to change or cause to change from a soft or fluid state to a firm or solid state
2.  to form or cause to form into a coagulated mass; curdle; jell
3.  (intr) (of ideas) to take shape or become fixed in form
[C14: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre, from com- together + gelāre to freeze]

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Word Origin & History

c.1380, from O.Fr. congeler "freeze, thicken," from L. congelare "to freeze together," from com- "together" + gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost, ice."
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Example sentences
They do not fall into patterns that convey congealing ideas.
Sometimes cooks added yet another step, congealing the mush into a kind of bread by immersing it in cold water.
The lava moving beneath the congealing crust sometimes tugged the surface into folds resembling coils of rope.
Heated drains provide regular flow and prohibit congealing when paraffin is removed from the tank.
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