Definition of congelation in English:



mass noun
  • The process of congealing or the state of being congealed.

    ‘the component of metals that causes their congelation’
    • ‘And it is easy to perceive the cause of this, namely, that it contains in itself the congelations of the other six metals, out of which it is made externally into one most compact body…’
    • ‘It came up covered with congelations - evidence enough that even if the poor porter reached the bottom with unbroken bones, a swift death from cold was sure, anyway.’
    • ‘The thermometer should be rubbed quickly up and down in the mixture in order to cause a rapid congelation throughout, with its subsequent liberation of heat.’
    • ‘Gemmes, what are they, but gums or the accretions or congelations of brighter water and earth?’
    • ‘The duration of congelation should not be longer.’
    • ‘Unlike the congelation process, sheet ice formed from consolidated pancakes has a rough bottom surface.’
    • ‘This theory might extend further with perfect consistency, to account for icebergs of fresh water by repeated congelations, for it is plausible to assume that there are air strata of hot and cold at altitudes above the poles, passing through which the sea water would alternate from rain to hail, until the chemical change to fresh water is complete.’
    • ‘These congelations, through their weakness, are unable to obtain in Mercury, and therefore, on that account, he altogether contemns them.’
    • ‘The congelations were defrosted at room temperature to disintegrate the cells.’
    • ‘Preliminary experiments showed that congelation in these conditions did not affect the phosphatase activity.’
    • ‘A very slight chip, or shave, above the former, is all that is needed to be removed; the object being merely to expose a new surface of the cellular tissue - the flow from the former being clogged by congelations of the sap.’
    • ‘In order to transform those objects into commodities, we must exchange them as pure congelations of abstract labor power.’


Late Middle English: from Latin congelatio(n-), from the verb congelare ‘freeze together’ (see congeal).