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[ri-frij-uh-rey-ter] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ əˌreɪ tər/
a box, room, or cabinet in which food, drink, etc., are kept cool by means of ice or mechanical refrigeration.
the part of a distilling apparatus that cools the volatile material, causing it to condense; condenser; rectifier.
Origin of refrigerator
1605-15; refrigerate + -or2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for refrigerator
  • Cleaning the office refrigerator is not usually in anyone's job description, so it isn't always done in a timely manner.
  • Too our even bigger surprise, she had a hidden refrigerator connected via a long extension cord to a basic generator.
  • The refrigerator is the largest power-guzzler in the typical household.
  • Yet the sound it radiates into the sea is little more than the hum of a kitchen refrigerator.
  • They look as if they've been moldering away under a refrigerator somewhere.
  • Healthy fruit keep well in containers in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • IT is not often one finds a walk-in refrigerator in a private home.
  • We have already discussed how raiding the community refrigerator and stealing our colleagues' food is not a collegial thing to do.
  • Likewise, the refrigerator could one day know when the beer supply is running low and re-order automatically.
  • If you want to cut back on your household's energy consumption, your refrigerator is one of the best places to start.
British Dictionary definitions for refrigerator


a chamber in which food, drink, etc, are kept cool Informal word fridge
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Word Origin and History for refrigerator

1610s, "something that cools," agent noun from refrigerate. As "cabinet for keeping food cool," 1824, originally in the brewery trade, in place of earlier refrigeratory (c.1600). The electric-powered household device was available from c.1918.

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