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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
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Etymology

From Old English frēosan (to freeze).

Noun

Singular
freeze

Plural
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freeze ({{{1}}})
  1. A period of intensely cold weather.
  2. (curling) A precise draw weight shot where a delivered stone comes to a stand-still against a stationary stone, making it nearly impossible to knock out.
  3. A halt of a regular operation.
    Due to its current budget problems, the University has instituted a temporary hiring freeze.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A block on pay rises.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to freeze

Third person singular
freezes

Simple past
froze or rarely frore

Past participle
frozen or rarely froren

Present participle
freezing

to freeze (third-person singular simple present freezes, present participle freezing, simple past froze or rarely frore, past participle frozen or rarely froren)
  1. (intransitive) Especially of a liquid, to become solid due to low temperature.
    The pond has frozen over.
    Vodka won't freeze in there, but beer will.
  2. (transitive) To lower something's temperature to the point that it freezes or becomes hard.
    Don't freeze meat twice.
  3. (intransitive) To drop to a temperature below zero degrees celsius, where water turns to ice.
    It didn't freeze this winter, but last winter was very harsh.
  4. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To be very cold.
    It's freezing in here!
  5. (intransitive) To become motionless.
    The squirrel froze when it saw the hawk overhead.

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