- When runny egg yolks cool and solidify, this is an example of a time when they congeal.
- When the parts of a play come together to form a cohesive whole, this is an example of a time when they congeal.
To congeal is to solidify, especially by cooling, or to take shape, especially to form a satisfying whole.
- to solidify or thicken by cooling or freezing
- to thicken; coagulate; jell
Origin of congealMiddle English congelen ; from Old French congeler ; from Classical Latin congelare ; from com-, together + gelare, to freeze: see gelatin
verbcon·gealed, con·geal·ing, con·geals
- To solidify or coagulate: Fat congealed in globs on the surface of the soup.
- To come together so as to form a whole or produce a result: “The colliding ideologies and personalities congealed into an acute electoral and constitutional crisis” (Susan Dunn).
- To cause to solidify or coagulate: The cool air congealed the fat.
- To cause to come together to form a whole or produce a result: The conversation congealed his thoughts into a theory.
Origin of congealMiddle English congelen, from Old French congeler, from Latin congel&amacron;re : com-, com- + gel&amacron;re, to freeze; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present congeals, present participle congealing, simple past and past participle congealed)