n 1: the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to
a solid [syn: freezing
2: weather cold enough to cause freezing [syn: frost
3: an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or
movement: "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"
4: fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level: "a
freeze on hiring"
v 1: change to ice; "The water in the bowl froze" [ant: boil
2: stop moving or become immobilized; "When he saw the police
car he froze" [syn: stop dead
3: be cold; "I could freeze to death in this office when the
air conditioning is turned on"
4: cause to freeze; "Freeze the leftover food"
5: stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it;
"Suspend the aid to the war-torn country" [syn: suspend
6: be very cold, below the freezing point; "It is freezing in
7: change from a liquid to a solid when cold; "Water freezes at
32 degrees Fahrenheit" [syn: freeze out
, freeze down
8: prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds";
"Freeze the assets of this hostile government" [syn: block
] [ant: unblock
9: anesthetize by cold, as for certain surgical procedures
10: suddenly behave coldly and formally; "She froze when she saw