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Freeze vs. Stop: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Freeze" refers to the process of turning into a solid state due to cold temperatures or remaining motionless. In contrast, "stop" means to halt movement or activity or to bring something to an end.
Freeze vs. Stop

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Freeze typically refers to the physical process where a liquid turns into a solid due to low temperatures. In contrast, Stop is a general term used to indicate the cessation of movement or an activity.
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In a metaphorical sense, Freeze can imply being motionless due to surprise, fear, or shock. Meanwhile, Stop suggests an intentional halt to action, whether it's movement, a process, or an operation.
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In technology, Freeze can mean the halting of a system or application, often unexpectedly, as in a computer freezing. Stop, in a similar context, is used to intentionally cease a function or process, like stopping a running program.
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In everyday language, Freeze can also mean fixing prices, wages, or activities at a certain level, preventing change. On the other hand, Stop is used to denote bringing something to a complete halt, like stopping a car.
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The use of Freeze in terms of emotional response often conveys a lack of action due to overwhelming feelings, as opposed to Stop, which is more about actively deciding to cease an ongoing activity.
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Comparison Chart

Physical Process

Transition from liquid to solid due to cold.
Cessation of movement or activity.
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Metaphorical Use

Becoming motionless due to shock or fear.
Intentional halt to action or process.
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Technological Context

System or app becoming unresponsive.
Intentionally ceasing a function.
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Economic/Policy Context

Fixing something at a certain level.
Bringing a process or policy to an end.
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Emotional Response

Inaction due to overwhelming feelings.
Active decision to cease an activity.
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Freeze and Stop Definitions

Freeze

Computer system becoming unresponsive.
My laptop tends to freeze when I open too many tabs.
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Stop

Cease movement or come to a halt.
The car came to a stop at the red light.
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Freeze

Fixing prices or rates at a certain level.
The government decided to freeze the interest rates.
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Stop

End an action or process.
She decided to stop working late nights.
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Freeze

To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
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Stop

Discontinue a habit or activity.
He stopped smoking for his health.
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Freeze

To acquire a surface or coat of ice from cold
The lake froze over in January. Bridges freeze before the adjacent roads.
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Stop

A designated place for buses or trains to halt.
The next bus stop is two blocks away.
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Freeze

To become clogged or jammed because of the formation of ice
The pipes froze in the basement.
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Stop

To close (an opening or hole) by covering, filling in, or plugging up
The tea leaves stopped the drain.
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Freeze

To be at that degree of temperature at which ice forms
It may freeze tonight.
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Stop

To constrict (an opening or orifice)
My nose is stopped up.
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Freeze

To be killed or harmed by cold or frost
They almost froze to death. Mulch keeps garden plants from freezing.
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Stop

To obstruct or block passage on (a road, for example).
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Freeze

To be or feel uncomfortably cold
Aren't you freezing without a coat?.
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Stop

To prevent the flow or passage of
Stop supplies from getting through.
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Freeze

To become fixed, stuck, or attached by or as if by frost
The lock froze up with rust.
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Stop

To halt the motion or progress of
Stopped me and asked directions.
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Freeze

To stop functioning properly, usually temporarily
My computer screen froze when I opened the infected program.
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Stop

To block or deflect (a blow, for example); parry or ward off.
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Freeze

To become motionless or immobile, as from surprise or attentiveness
I heard a sound and froze in my tracks.
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Stop

To be or get in the way of (a bullet or other missile); be killed or wounded by.
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Freeze

To become unable to act or speak, as from fear
Froze in front of the audience.
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Stop

To cause to desist or to change a course of action
The rain stopped us from continuing the argument.
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Freeze

To become rigid and inflexible; solidify
An opinion that froze into dogma.
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Stop

To prevent or restrain
An invitation to dinner stopped him from going to the movies.
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Freeze

To convert into ice.
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Stop

To discontinue or cease
He stopped his complaining.
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Freeze

To cause ice to form upon.
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Stop

To defeat (an opponent or opposing team).
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Freeze

To cause to congeal or stiffen from extreme cold
Winter cold that froze the ground.
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Stop

To defeat in boxing by a knockout or technical knockout.
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Freeze

To preserve (foods, for example) by subjecting to freezing temperatures.
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Stop

To order a bank to withhold payment of
Stopped the check.
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Freeze

To damage, kill, or make inoperative by cold or by the formation of ice.
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Stop

To press down (a string on a stringed instrument) on the fingerboard to produce a desired pitch.
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Freeze

To make very cold; chill.
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Stop

To close (a hole on a wind instrument) with the finger in sounding a desired pitch.
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Freeze

To immobilize, as with fear or shock.
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Stop

To cease moving, progressing, acting, or operating; come to a halt
The clock stopped in the night.
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Freeze

To chill with an icy or formal manner
Froze me with one look.
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Stop

To put an end to what one is doing; cease
Had to stop at an exciting place in the book.
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Freeze

To stop the motion or progress of
The negotiations were frozen by the refusal of either side to compromise.
Froze the video in order to discuss the composition of the frame.
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Stop

To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off
Stop by at a friend's house.
Stop in at the office.
Stop off at the gas station.
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Freeze

To fix (prices or wages, for example) at a given or current level.
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Stop

The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped
Can't you put a stop to all this ruckus? Production is at a stop.
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Freeze

To prohibit further manufacture or use of.
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Stop

A halt or stay, as on a trip
We made a stop in Austin.
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Freeze

To prevent or restrict the exchange, withdrawal, liquidation, or granting of by governmental action
Freeze investment loans during a depression.
Froze foreign assets held by US banks.
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Stop

A place at which someone or something stops
A regular stop on my delivery route.
A bus stop.
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Freeze

To anesthetize by chilling.
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Stop

A device or means that obstructs, blocks, or plugs up.
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Freeze

(Sports) To keep possession of (a ball or puck) so as to deny an opponent the opportunity to score.
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Stop

An order given to a bank to withhold payment on a check.
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Freeze

The act of freezing.
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Stop

A stop order.
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Freeze

The state of being frozen.
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Stop

A part in a mechanism that stops or regulates movement.
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Freeze

A spell of cold weather; a frost.
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Stop

The effective aperture of a lens, controlled by a diaphragm.
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Freeze

A restriction that forbids a quantity from rising above a given or current level
A freeze on city jobs.
A proposed freeze on the production of nuclear weapons.
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Stop

A mark of punctuation, especially a period.
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Freeze

Especially of a liquid, to become solid due to low temperature.
The lake froze solid.
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Stop

The act of stopping a string or hole on an instrument.
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Freeze

(transitive) To lower something's temperature to the point that it freezes or becomes hard.
Don't freeze meat twice.
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Stop

A fret on a stringed instrument.
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Freeze

(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.
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Stop

A hole on a wind instrument.
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Freeze

To be affected by extreme cold.
It's freezing in here!
Don't go outside wearing just a t-shirt; you'll freeze!
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Stop

A device such as a key for closing the hole on a wind instrument.
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Freeze

(intransitive) (of machines and software) To come to a sudden halt, stop working (functioning).
Since the last update, the program freezes after a few minutes of use.
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Stop

A tuned set of pipes, as in an organ.
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Freeze

(intransitive) (of people and other animals) To stop (become motionless) or be stopped due to attentiveness, fear, surprise, etc.
Despite all of the rehearsals, I froze as soon as I got on stage.
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Stop

A knob, key, or pull that regulates such a set of pipes.
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Freeze

(transitive) To cause someone to become motionless.
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Stop

(Nautical) A line used for securing something temporarily
A sail stop.
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Freeze

(figuratively) To lose or cause to lose warmth of feeling; to shut out; to ostracize.
Over time, he froze towards her, and ceased to react to her friendly advances.
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Stop

(Linguistics) One of a set of speech sounds that is a plosive or a nasal.
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Freeze

To cause loss of animation or life in, from lack of heat; to give the sensation of cold to; to chill.
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Stop

A plosive.
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Freeze

(transitive) To prevent the movement or liquidation of a person's financial assets
The court froze the criminal's bank account.
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Stop

The depression between the muzzle and top of the skull of an animal, especially a dog.
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Freeze

Of prices, spending etc., to keep at the same level, without any increase.
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Stop

(Sports) A save made by a goalie.
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Freeze

(Internet) To prevent from showing any visible change.
Some websites, such as YouTube, deliberately freeze the view count, intended to deter attempts to game the system.
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Stop

(Games) A stopper.
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Freeze

A period of intensely cold weather.
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Stop

(Architecture) A projecting stone, often carved, at the end of a molding.
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Freeze

A halt of a regular operation.
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Stop

A control mechanism on an audio or video player that causes a recording to stop playing.
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Freeze

(computer) The state when either a single computer program, or the whole system ceases to respond to inputs.
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Stop

Of, relating to, or being of use at the end of an operation or activity
A stop code.
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Freeze

(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.
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Stop

(intransitive) To cease moving.
I stopped at the traffic lights.
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Freeze

A block on pay rises or on the hiring of new employees etc.
A hiring freeze;
A pay freeze
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Stop

(intransitive) Not to continue.
The riots stopped when police moved in.
Soon the rain will stop.
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Freeze

A frieze.
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Stop

(transitive) To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing.
The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.
This guy is a fraudster. I need to stop the cheque I wrote him.
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Freeze

The act of congealing, or the state of being congealed.
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Stop

(transitive) To cease; to no longer continue (doing something).
One of the wrestlers suddenly stopped fighting.
Please stop telling me those terrible jokes.
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Freeze

To become congealed by cold; to be changed from a liquid to a solid state by the abstraction of heat; to be hardened into ice or a like solid body.
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Stop

(transitive) To cause (something) to come to an end.
The referees stopped the fight.
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Freeze

To become chilled with cold, or as with cold; to suffer loss of animation or life by lack of heat; as, the blood freezes in the veins.
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Stop

(transitive) To close or block an opening.
He stopped the wound with gauze.
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Freeze

To congeal; to harden into ice; to convert from a fluid to a solid form by cold, or abstraction of heat.
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Stop

To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
To achieve maximum depth of field, he stopped down to an f-stop of 22.
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Freeze

To cause loss of animation or life in, from lack of heat; to give the sensation of cold to; to chill.
A faint, cold fear runs through my veins,That almost freezes up the heat of life.
A railroad which had a London connection must not be allowed to freeze out one that had no such connection.
It is sometimes a long time before a player who is frozen out can get into a game again.
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Stop

(intransitive) To stay; to spend a short time; to reside or tarry temporarily.
To stop with a friend
He stopped for two weeks at the inn.
He stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.
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Freeze

The withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
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Stop

(music) To regulate the sounds of (musical strings, etc.) by pressing them against the fingerboard with the finger, or otherwise shortening the vibrating part.
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Freeze

Weather cold enough to cause freezing
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Stop

(obsolete) To punctuate.
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Freeze

An interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement;
A halt in the arms race
A nuclear freeze
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Stop

(nautical) To make fast; to stopper.
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Freeze

Fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level;
A freeze on hiring
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Stop

To pronounce (a phoneme) as a stop.
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Freeze

Change to ice;
The water in the bowl froze
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Stop

To delay the purchase or sale of (a stock) while agreeing the price for later.
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Freeze

Stop moving or become immobilized;
When he saw the police car he froze
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Stop

A (usually marked) place where buses, trams or trains halt to let passengers get on and off, usually smaller than a station.
Related terms: halt, station.
They agreed to meet at the bus stop.
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Freeze

Be cold;
I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on
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Stop

An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
That stop was not planned.
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Freeze

Cause to freeze;
Freeze the leftover food
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Stop

That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; an obstacle; an impediment.
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Freeze

Stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it;
Suspend the aid to the war-torn country
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Stop

A device intended to block the path of a moving object
Door stop
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Freeze

Be very cold, below the freezing point;
It is freezing in Kalamazoo
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Stop

(engineering) A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
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Freeze

Change from a liquid to a solid when cold;
Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit
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Stop

(architecture) A member, plain or moulded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts.
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Freeze

Prohibit the conversion or use of (assets);
Blocked funds
Freeze the assets of this hostile government
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Stop

(linguistics) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
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Freeze

Anesthetize by cold
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Stop

A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
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Freeze

Suddenly behave coldly and formally;
She froze when she saw her ex-husband
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Stop

(music) A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ.
The organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.
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Freeze

Turn to solid from liquid due to cold.
Water will freeze at 0 degrees Celsius.
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Stop

(music) One of the vent-holes in a wind instrument, or the place on the wire of a stringed instrument, by the stopping or pressing of which certain notes are produced.
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Freeze

Remain motionless, often from shock or fear.
He could only freeze in place when he saw the bear.
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Stop

(tennis) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
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Freeze

Preserve food by keeping it at low temperatures.
Freeze the leftovers to eat them later in the week.
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Stop

(football) A save; preventing the opposition from scoring a goal
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Stop

(zoology) The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
The stop in a bulldog's face is very marked.
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Stop

(photography) A part of a photographic system that reduces the amount of light.
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(photography) A unit of exposure corresponding to a doubling of the brightness of an image.
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Stop

(photography) An f-stop.
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The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
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Stop

(fencing) A coup d'arret, or stop thrust.
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Stop

A small well-bucket; a milk-pail.
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(physics) The squark that is the superpartner of a top quark.
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To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
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To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.
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Stop

To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a stream, or a flow of blood.
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To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain; to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the approaches of old age or infirmity.
Whose disposition all the world well knowsWill not be rubbed nor stopped.
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Stop

To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or by shortening in any way the vibrating part.
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Stop

To point, as a composition; to punctuate.
If his sentences were properly stopped.
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Stop

To make fast; to stopper.
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Stop

To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop.
He bites his lip, and starts;Stops on a sudden, looks upon the ground;Then lays his finger on his temple: straitSprings out into fast gait; then stops again.
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Stop

To cease from any motion, or course of action.
Stop, while ye may, suspend your mad career!
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Stop

To spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend.
By stopping at home till the money was gone.
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Stop

The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction.
It is doubtful . . . whether it contributed anything to the stop of the infection.
Occult qualities put a stop to the improvement of natural philosophy.
It is a great step toward the mastery of our desires to give this stop to them.
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Stop

That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction.
A fatal stop traversed their headlong course.
So melancholy a prospect should inspire us with zeal to oppose some stop to the rising torrent.
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Stop

A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
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Stop

The closing of an aperture in the air passage, or pressure of the finger upon the string, of an instrument of music, so as to modify the tone; hence, any contrivance by which the sounds of a musical instrument are regulated.
The organ sound a time survives the stop.
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Stop

In the organ, one of the knobs or handles at each side of the organist, by which he can draw on or shut off any register or row of pipes; the register itself; as, the vox humana stop.
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A member, plain or molded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts. This takes the place, or answers the purpose, of a rebate. Also, a pin or block to prevent a drawer from sliding too far.
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A point or mark in writing or printing intended to distinguish the sentences, parts of a sentence, or clauses; a mark of punctuation. See Punctuation.
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The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
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Stop

The depression in the face of a dog between the skull and the nasal bones. It is conspicuous in the bulldog, pug, and some other breeds.
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Some part of the articulating organs, as the lips, or the tongue and palate, closed (a) so as to cut off the passage of breath or voice through the mouth and the nose (distinguished as a lip-stop, or a front-stop, etc., as in p, t, d, etc.), or (b) so as to obstruct, but not entirely cut off, the passage, as in l, n, etc.; also, any of the consonants so formed.
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Stop

The event of something ending;
It came to a stop at the bottom of the hill
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Stop

The act of stopping something;
The third baseman made some remarkable stops
His stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood
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Stop

A brief stay in the course of a journey;
They made a stopover to visit their friends
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Stop

The state of inactivity following an interruption;
The negotiations were in arrest
Held them in check
During the halt he got some lunch
The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow
He spent the entire stop in his seat
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Stop

A spot where something halts or pauses;
His next stop is Atlanta
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Stop

A consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it;
His stop consonants are too aspirated
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A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations;
In England they call a period a stop
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Stop

(music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes;
The organist pulled out all the stops
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Stop

A mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens;
The new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically
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Stop

A restraint that checks the motion of something;
He used a book as a stop to hold the door open
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Stop

An obstruction in a pipe or tube;
We had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe
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Stop

Come to a halt, stop moving;
The car stopped
She stopped in front of a store window
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Stop

Put an end to a state or an activity;
Quit teasing your little brother
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Stop

Stop from happening or developing;
Block his election
Halt the process
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Stop

Interrupt a trip;
We stopped at Aunt Mary's house
They stopped for three days in Florence
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Stop

Cause to stop;
Stop a car
Stop the thief
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Stop

Prevent completion;
Stop the project
Break off the negociations
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Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of;
Arrest the downward trend
Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia
Contain the rebel movement
Turn back the tide of communism
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Stop

Seize on its way;
The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace
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Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical;
The bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed
Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other
My property ends by the bushes
The symphony ends in a pianissimo
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Stop

Render unsuitable for passage;
Block the way
Barricade the streets
Stop the busy road
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Stop

Stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments;
Hold on a moment!
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Prevent something from happening.
A firewall is designed to stop unauthorized access.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

How does freezing relate to technology?

In technology, freezing refers to a system or application becoming unresponsive.
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How is the word 'stop' commonly used?

'Stop' is used to indicate ceasing movement or discontinuing an action or process.
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Can 'freeze' imply a psychological response?

Yes, 'freeze' can refer to becoming motionless due to shock, fear, or surprise.
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What does 'stop' mean in transportation?

In transportation, a stop is a designated place where buses or trains halt.
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What does it mean to freeze in a physical sense?

Physically, to freeze means for a liquid to turn into a solid due to cold temperatures.
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Is freezing food the same as refrigerating it?

Freezing food involves lower temperatures and turns it solid, unlike refrigeration.
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Can 'stop' be a noun?

Yes, 'stop' can be a noun, as in a bus stop or a stop sign.
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Can 'freeze' be used in economic contexts?

Yes, 'freeze' can be used to mean fixing prices or wages at a certain level.
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What does 'brain freeze' mean?

'Brain freeze' is a colloquial term for the headache caused by eating something cold quickly.
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What is a 'freeze frame' in media?

A 'freeze frame' is a still image within a sequence of a video.
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What does it mean to stop a machine or device?

Stopping a machine means intentionally ceasing its operation or function.
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Does 'stop' always imply permanence?

No, 'stop' can be temporary, as in stopping to rest before continuing an activity.
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What does it mean to stop a habit?

Stopping a habit means to discontinue or end that practice.
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Is 'freeze' used in computer programming?

In programming, 'freeze' can refer to locking certain functionalities or versions.
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How is 'stop' used in music?

In music, a 'stop' can refer to a knob or lever on an instrument that changes the sound.
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Can 'freeze' be used in sports?

Yes, in sports, 'freeze' can refer to a player remaining motionless to avoid being noticed.
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What does 'stop loss' mean in finance?

A 'stop loss' is an order to sell a security when it reaches a certain price.
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How do you use 'stop' in a safety context?

'Stop' is used in safety to prevent an action or behavior for protection.
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What does 'full stop' mean in grammar?

'Full stop' is the British term for a period at the end of a sentence.
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Can 'freeze' be a command in training animals?

Yes, 'freeze' can be used as a command to train animals to stay still.
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