- a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing.
- a dull or lusterless finish, as on metal or glass.
- a process of highlighting the hair by bleaching selected strands.
- a material used for decorative work, as signs, displays, etc., made from coarse flakes of powdered glass.
- the frosting on the cake, something added to make a thing better or more desirable.Also icing on the cake.
Origin of frosting
- 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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Examples from the Web for frosting
Flecks of frosting tumble in slow motion to light on his belly, which gently swells beneath a black sweater.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
For a little balance, people can try the Cinnabon Delights – i.e. little donuts heaped with frosting.Can This Waffle Save America?
August 8, 2013
And when it premièred she made a kind of birthday cake, with only the single word “HAPPY” spelled out in frosting.Kickstarter's 'Veronica Mars Movie Project' a Smash Success
April 13, 2013
For the frosting, combine the butter and sugar until smooth, then stir in the coffee.Let Them Eat Cake!
May 8, 2011
Shake vigorously and pour into a glass rimmed with frosting.Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes to Fall in Love With
Alie Ward, Georgia Hardstark
February 9, 2011
But the frosting, Signorina, the pretty pink and white frosting!The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
Return to top shelf for about two minutes, or until the frosting is browned.The Community Cook Book
The frosting gleams right, royally on that black hair of yours.Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Oh, to-day is beautiful as—as—it's beautiful as frosting on a birthday-cake!The Trail of the Hawk
In the window were rolls, and cookies, and buns, and little cakes with jam and frosting on them.Clematis
Bertha B. Cobb
- a soft icing based on sugar and egg whites
- Also called: icing a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc
- a rough or matt finish on glass, silver, etc
- slang the practice of stealing a car while the owner has left it idling to defrost the windows and heat the engine
- 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)
- 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
Word Origin and History for frosting
1610s as an action; 1756 as a substance; meaning "cake icing" is from 1858; verbal noun from frost (v.).
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.