Definition of congeal in English:

congeal

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Become semi-solid, especially on cooling.

    ‘the blood had congealed into blobs’
    ‘a lump of congealed moussaka’
    • ‘Avoid using olive oil because it congeals in the refrigerator.’
    • ‘It's an ill-formed, thick and sticky horror - like Roast Lamb gone cold and congealed with fat.’
    • ‘I scoop up some spaghetti, and discover it has congealed into a solid mass - Medusa on a bad hair day.’
    • ‘When cooled, the product congeals and therefore, the form and texture of anything made with gelatin can be imaginatively altered.’
    • ‘John got up and began rummaging through the refrigerator, eventually seizing on a plate plied with pizza slices congealed into an amorphous lump that resembled a failed lasagna.’
    • ‘Finally, the eggs congealed into shiny yellow clumps, and we sat down at the table to eat.’
    • ‘Although overall it was linear and limber, in places it congealed into colorful clots.’
    • ‘The longer you wait, the more the sauce congeals and (I swear this is true) sweetens.’
    • ‘When she gets up from the table she takes her plate to the sink, but leaves his - the fat congealing around the chops, the mashed potato developing a thin yellowy crust - centred neatly between knife and fork.’
    • ‘Another possibility, he speculated, was that lubricant has congealed into a buttery texture, preventing it from being evenly spread among the gear's moving parts.’
    • ‘As good as it is there is this unscratchable memory of the 5-gallon jug that was loaded, lined, and congealed with the yellow soot at a restaurant I once worked at.’
    • ‘Not to say that he was immune to her, no, he sensed the strangest feeling coming on as he looked upon her luminous visage now, as if all his internal organs had been scrambled together and congealed into a wobbly mass of jelly.’
    • ‘Fats and grease congeal and harden in cold water which can then be flushed through the system.’
    • ‘It's almost like claret wine, except thicker like syrup, drying, coagulating, congealing into a tacky mess on the floor.’
    • ‘But it had such a high melting point and it cooled so rapidly once exposed to air, that it didn't really flow before it congealed into solid rock.’
    • ‘My fellow diners feast on what looks like a random assortment of seasonal vegetables congealed in a murky coconut sauce, or else the dreaded soy burger.’
    • ‘When the reaction was complete, the catalyst congealed into a sticky solid and settled to the bottom of the test tube.’
    • ‘The deep gashes then immediately seemed to heal by themselves, the blood congealed and coagulated, the wounds closed upon themselves and dried into scars and the scars then faded and the wet fur gleamed whitely again.’
    • ‘Fever, heat, and stagnation may damage the fluids, which congeal and thicken and do not flow.’
    • ‘Bacon grease congeals as it cools so what I want to know is: Exactly what type of pig lard is going to be used in the squirt guns?’
    coagulate, clot, cake, set, solidify, harden, thicken, stiffen, dry, gel, concentrate
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    1. 1.1 Take shape or coalesce, especially to form a satisfying whole.
      ‘the ballet failed to congeal as a single oeuvre’
      • ‘By the fourth season, each of the leads has fallen into a comfortable rhythm, and they've congealed into a formidable comedy team.’
      • ‘Popular discontent never congealed into a significant effective national political movement against the war, but it did frighten Italy's wartime leadership, which came to view internal subversion as a major threat.’
      • ‘Actually, I think the government over the past decade has kind of congealed its effort and has been working very hard to coordinate the efforts.’
      • ‘But none of it really congeals into an intriguing - or particularly funny - whole.’
      • ‘These moments of disquiet congealed into a continuous nagging worry when I went to my first World Cup finals in Argentina.’
      • ‘The sound hasn't radically changed though the mix is strangely muddier this time around, with the instruments sometimes blurring together into a dense, congealing mass.’
      • ‘The lush, transparent strings, sweet toned winds, sonorous brass, and bracing percussion congealed into a first rate ensemble.’
      • ‘Differences too congealed into a social contract in which privileges and economic inequalities were communal goods.’
      • ‘Only there does the noise seem to congeal with some solid structure and make for a truly pleasing listen.’
      • ‘Knowing that the book is devoted to obscenity, the viewer strives to make these recalcitrant shapes congeal into something naughty.’
      • ‘Walk down K Street in Washington DC or visit a law and lobbying firm in central Washington and you will see the congealed wealth of all this corruption.’
      • ‘This view had since congealed into an irrefutable mythology.’
      • ‘Yet somehow the film's parts never quite congeal into a satisfying whole.’
      • ‘In other words, his life, which was open to infinite possibility, congeals into the closed shape of a Destiny.’
      • ‘What remains ultimately worrisome is the way theological liberalism has congealed into an ideology, an ideology that will brook no opposition to the party line.’
      • ‘Her sorrow had localized, congealed, solidified.’
      • ‘By his early teens, that ambition had already congealed into something darker.’
      • ‘There were too many occasions where the different sections pulled against each other instead of congealing into a whole.’
      • ‘History becomes emblematic, congealed into an array of postures, each summing up a whole community across the ages.’
      • ‘Upon closer inspection, however, we see that the seemingly abstract patterns that repeat across the paintings' surfaces congeal into single or coupled female figures unmistakably engaged in sexual activities.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French congeler, from Latin congelare, from con- ‘together’ + gelare ‘freeze’ (from gelu ‘frost’).

Pronunciation

congeal

/kənˈdʒiːl/