I often hear phrases like code freeze, version freeze but never heard of frozen being used in this context.

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    Sure. If you're in code freeze then the code base is frozen. – Jim Aug 21 '17 at 5:59
  • Are you asking if it is acceptable to either say that code can freeze or be frozen or asking if the specific word frozen is as appropriate as freeze, depending on context? – user34660 Sep 18 '18 at 17:32
  • Also note that there should always be an explanation for why software is frozen. For example, one good reason to freeze a version is if it is implemented or being implemented. – user34660 Sep 18 '18 at 17:35

In modern software Version is often associated with Snapshot, Tag or Release. Version cannot be modified, you'll often find MD5 checksum for version releases. Phrase "version freeze" does not make much sense to me, but probably is used to describe pre-release feature freeze.

If you are working with "code branches" then you could say "code in this branch is frozen".

So as long as you apply "frozen" to the correct noun - specification, code, feature - it should be ok.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeze_(software_engineering).

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