liq|ue|fy [ `lıkwə,faı ] verb intransitive or transitive
to become a liquid, or to make something become a liquid

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  • liquefy — liquefy, melt, deliquesce, fuse, thaw are comparable when they mean to convert or to become converted to a liquid state. Liquefy, the general term, is applicable not only to solids but also to gases {liquefy oxygen and nitrogen} {liquefy a solid… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Liquefy — Liq ue*fy (l[i^]k w[ e]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Liquefied} ( f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Liquefying} ( f[imac] [i^]ng).] [F. liqu[ e]fier, L. liquere to be liquid + facere, ficare (in comp.), to make. See {Liquid}, and { fy}.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • liquefy — (v.) early 15c., from O.Fr. liquefier liquefy, dissolve, from L. liquefacere make liquid, melt, from liquere be fluid (see LIQUID (Cf. liquid) (adj.)) + facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Liquefy — Liq ue*fy, v. i. To become liquid. [WordNet sense 2] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • liquefy — meaning ‘to make liquid’, is spelt efy, not ify. Its inflected forms are liquefies, liquefied, liquefying …   Modern English usage

  • liquefy — [v] melt deliquesce, dissolve, thaw; concepts 250,255 …   New thesaurus

  • liquefy — (also liquify) ► VERB (liquifies, liquified) ▪ make or become liquid. DERIVATIVES liquefaction noun liquefactive adjective liquefiable adjective liquefier noun. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • liquefy — [lik′wi fī΄] vt., vi. liquefied, liquefying [Fr liquefier < L liquefacere: see LIQUID & FY] to make or become liquid SYN. MELT liquefiable adj. liquefier n …   English World dictionary

  • liquefy — UK [ˈlɪkwɪfaɪ] / US [ˈlɪkwəˌfaɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms liquefy : present tense I/you/we/they liquefy he/she/it liquefies present participle liquefying past tense liquefied past participle liquefied to become a liquid, or to… …   English dictionary

  • liquefy — [[t]lɪ̱kwɪfaɪ[/t]] liquefies, liquefying, liquefied V ERG When a gas or solid substance liquefies or is liquefied, it changes its form and becomes liquid. Heat the jam until it liquefies... [V n] You can liquefy the carbon dioxide to separate it… …   English dictionary

  • liquefy — verb (I, T) formal to become liquid, or make something become liquid: Some gases liquefy at cold temperatures …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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