Definition of frost heave in English:

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frost heave


1The uplift of water-saturated soil or other surface deposits due to expansion on freezing.
Example sentences
  • The saturated wetland deposits are susceptible to frost heave and subsequent damage to structures.
  • In areas subject to freeze - thaw activity, frost heave will create a similar effect.
  • A loose covering of coarse straw will help prevent frost heave during the winter.
1.1A mound formed by frost heave, especially when broken through the pavement of a road.
Example sentences
  • Sidewalks from busier times had been torn asunder by roots and frost heaves, and none of the 20 buildings along its few tree-lined streets seemed to be occupied.
  • He watched the yellow and white signs screaming at him to slow down, for frost heaves awaited ahead, and they were surely as large as speed bumps that could very well force the automobile to become air born.
  • But this was, in fact, useless, because with all the pot holes and frost heaves it was impossible.


frost heaving

Example sentences
  • To retain soil moisture and prevent root damage from frost heaving, maintain a 3-to 4-inch layer of mulch under shrubs and newly-set trees.
  • Seeds germinate in May, but seedlings are not very drought-resistant; insufficient moisture and frost heaving are the primary sources of seedling mortality.
  • A light application of mulch after the ground freezes will help prevent frost heaving throughout the winter.

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Syllabification: frost heave

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