Definition of frost in English:

frost

Syllabification: frost
Pronunciation: /frôst
 
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noun

  • 1A deposit of small white ice crystals formed on the ground or other surfaces when the temperature falls below freezing: the lanes were glistening with frost
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    • The sky was a clear, pale blue now, and it seemed to be drawing what heat there was from the ground, leaving only frost and little patches of dry snow.
    • There was frost on the ground and a flurry of snow in the air as I set off from the car park and along the footpaths winding through woodlands and close to a meander of the River Calder.
    • Still there was no snow, but there was frost glittering on the ground.
    Synonyms
    ice crystals, ice, rime, verglas; hoarfrost, ground frost, black frost
    informal Jack Frost
    archaic hoar
  • 1.1A weather condition or period of cold weather in which deposits of frost form: when the hard frosts had set in
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    • Frequencies of tropical cyclones, heat-waves, bushfires and frosts are also linked to the Southern Oscillation.
    • This is especially useful if the garden is in a cold spot and prone to late frosts or if wet weather has made the soil claggy.
    • The weather has been fine enough but there have been very sharp frosts & bitterly cold wind.
  • 1.2A chilling or dispiriting quality, especially one conveyed by a cold manner: there was a light frost of anger in Jack’s tone
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    • A sharp frost crept into relations on June 8, the day the votes were counted in the Nice Treaty referendum and the British general election.
    • Richard stood, giving Amy some papers, then left leaving the room with a cold frost.
    • The Englishwomen never appeared to exchange any words yesterday, but the frost between them made the NIA seem closer to Turin than the Bullring.
    Synonyms
  • 1.3 [in singular] informal , chiefly British A failure.

verb

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  • 1Cover (something) with or as if with small ice crystals; freeze: each windowpane was frosted along its edges
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    • Headed for the warmth of the Student Center and morning coffee, I notice that the display window maintained by the Fashion Design department is frosted over.
    • Steam puffed from the mouths of the quarterbacks as they barked out the plays, and from their teammates as they huffed each bone-chilling breath; at the end, Fisher's mustache was frosted over.
    • The room beyond the metal door was cold, explaining why the window of the door was frosted over (delayed reaction, understandable during these circumstances).
  • 1.1 [no object] Become covered with small ice crystals: a mustache that frosts up when he’s ice-climbing
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    • Add the rest of the ingredients in the order above and shake with loads of ice until the shaker frosts up.
    • At times it was so cold that they could see their equipment frosting up in front of them.
    • And off we toddled, me with my evening gin frosting in my hand, and Dolly with an air of great relief that the election was over, for today at least.
  • 1.2North American Decorate (a cake, cupcake, or other baked item) with icing.
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    • Benji whistled to himself as he headed towards the kitchen of his parents' bakery, tying on his apron and already smelling the sweet scent of a cake ready to be frosted.
    • Though he spends more time managing than frosting cakes these days, he still bakes most mornings.
    • Cookies that have been frosted with a butter cream type frosting cannot be stacked.
  • 1.3 Tint hair strands to change the color of isolated strands.
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    • His hair was bleached and frosted to perfection, and, on closer examination, his purple suede pants proved to be women's, and quite possibly my size.
    • Men and boys had a clean cut spiked hair that was frosted at the tips and smoothed down.
  • 1.4Injure (a plant) by freezing weather.
  • 1.5 informal Anger or annoy: such discrimination frosted her no end

Derivatives

frostless

adjective
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  • The morning couldn't have been better for his purposes: just over ten degrees, clear, bright, and frostless, with a light breeze from the east.
  • On frostless days in late winter, roots grow, sap rises, and new vegetative buds prime for action.
  • The water in the frostless refrigerators of today is piped into a pan beneath the refrigerator.

Origin

Old English frost, forst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vorst and German Frost, also to freeze.

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