- a degree or state of coldness sufficient to cause the freezing of water.
- Also called hoarfrost. a covering of minute ice needles, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground and exposed objects when they have cooled by radiation below the dew point, and when the dew point is below the freezing point.
- an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, formed on the walls or contents of a freezer by the condensation of water vapor; rime.
- the act or process of freezing.
- coldness of manner or temperament: We noticed a definite frost in his greeting.
- Informal. a coolness between persons.
- Informal. something that meets with lack of enthusiasm, as a theatrical performance or party; failure; flop.
- a milk shake, frappe, or similar drink: a chocolate frost.
- to cover with frost.
- to give a frostlike surface to (glass, metal, etc.).
- to ice (a cake, cookies, etc.).
- to bleach selected strands of (a person's hair) in order to create highlights.
- to kill or injure by frost: a freezing rain that badly frosted the tomato plants.
- to make angry: I was frosted by his critical comment.
- to become covered with frost or freeze (often followed by up or over): The windshield has frosted over.
- (of varnish, paint, etc.) to dry with a film resembling frost.
- degree of frost, British. the degree of temperature Fahrenheit below the freezing point: 10 degrees of frost is equivalent to 22°F.
Origin of frost
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- Robert (Lee),1874–1963, U.S. poet.
Examples from the Web for frost
You'd put a scarf across your nose and mouth and when you breathed through it, it would get all white with frost.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
And in five subsequent rides, Frost stayed on the bull twice more, and Red Rock threw him three times.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
He could recite reams of Frost, Dickinson, Whitman, and Lowell, and he did so while I stood there, amazed.GOP Hypocrisy: Outraged Over Benghazi, Silent on Iraq
May 11, 2014
Frost would just walk back and forth in front of the fireplace and talk and talk and talk.Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean
March 23, 2014
FROST: We slept together the night before the wedding—non-sexually.My London Getaway With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Stars of ‘The World’s End’
November 18, 2013
The winter has been trying; there is rain one day, frost the next.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
"You will find that you are up against a hell of a frost," she would declare, brutally.Within the Law
At length the frost and snow really did come, and the Chickadees were in a woeful case.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
The tents that had whitened the plain were gone like a frost before the sun.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
That is why we feel that expensive Arctic feasts would probably be a frost.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- a white deposit of ice particles, esp one formed on objects out of doors at nightSee also hoarfrost
- an atmospheric temperature of below freezing point, characterized by the production of this deposit
- degrees below freezing point: eight degrees of frost indicates a temperature of either –8°C or 24°F
- informal something given a cold reception; failure
- informal coolness of manner
- the act of freezing
- to cover or be covered with frost
- (tr) to give a frostlike appearance to (glass, etc), as by means of a fine-grained surface
- (tr) mainly US and Canadian to decorate (cakes, etc) with icing or frosting
- (tr) to kill or damage (crops, etc) with frost
- Sir David (Paradine). born 1939, British television presenter and executive, noted esp for political interviews
- Robert (Lee). 1874–1963, US poet, noted for his lyrical verse on country life in New England. His books include A Boy's Will (1913), North of Boston (1914), and New Hampshire (1923)
Word Origin and History for frost
Old English forst, frost "a freezing, becoming frozen, extreme cold," from Proto-Germanic *frusta- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German frost, Middle Dutch and Dutch vorst), related to freosan "to freeze," from PIE *preus- "to freeze; burn" (see freeze (v.)). Both forms of the word were common in English till late 15c.; the triumph of frost may be due to its similarity to the forms in other Germanic languages.
- A deposit of minute ice crystals formed when water vapor condenses at a temperature below freezing.
- A deposit of tiny, white ice crystals on a surface. Frost forms through sublimation, when water vapor in the air condenses at a temperature below freezing. It gets its white color from tiny air bubbles trapped in the ice crystals. See more at dew point.