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Term: Freezing point Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
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Definition: The temperature at which a liquid solidifies under the influence of a particular set of conditions.  WMOMeteoterm 

(1) the temperature at which a pure liquid solidifies under atmospheric pressure (2) the temperature at which a ground material starts to freeze.  NSIDCCryosphere 

The temperature at which a substance begins to solidify (see melting point). The freezing point of water is 273.15 K at an ambient pressure of 1013.25 hpa.  IACSSnow 

The temperature, equal to 273.15 K (0 degrees C)  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

Temperature of solidification of a liquid under given conditions.  WMOHydrology 

1. The temperature at which a pure liquid solidifies under atmospheric pressure; 2. The temperature at which a ground material starts to freeze  IPAPermafrost 

1. The temperature at which a pure liquid solidifies under atmospheric pressure. 2. The temperature at which a ground material starts to freeze.  TrombottoGeocryology 

(Also called apparent freezing point.) The temperature at which a liquid solidifies under any given set of conditions. It may or may not be the same as the melting point or the more rigidly defined true freezing point or (for water) ice point. It is not an equilibrium property of a substance; it applies to the liquid phase only. The freezing point is somewhat dependent upon the purity of the liquid; the volume and shape of the liquid mass; the availability of freezing nuclei; and the pressure acting upon the liquid. The freezing point is a colligative property of a solution and becomes proportionately lower with an increasing amount of dissolved matter. Therefore, since natural water almost invariably contains some solutes, its freezing point is found to be slightly below 0C. For example, bulk samples of normal seawater freeze at about -1.9C (28.6F).  AMSglossary 

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