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frostwork

[frawst-wurk, frost-]
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noun
  1. the delicate tracery formed by frost, especially on glass.
  2. similar ornamentation, as on metal.

Origin of frostwork

First recorded in 1640–50; frost + work
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Examples from the Web for frostwork

Historical Examples

  • Frostwork is something too delicate for human hands, but in it we excel.

    Prince Lazybones and Other Stories

    Mrs. W. J. Hays

  • As the cold increases the line of frostwork creeps down the sides, producing fantastic changes in the aspect of the hill.

  • Frostwork on the windows may resemble vegetable forms; but it has no resemblance whatever to vegetable life.

  • I placed my warm hand against a pane which was covered by the crystallization, and melted the frostwork which clung to it.

  • Obstacles, insuperable to the intellect of any adviser, shall melt away like frostwork before a ray from the celestial sun.


British Dictionary definitions for frostwork

frostwork

noun
  1. the patterns made by frost on glass, metal, etc
  2. similar artificial ornamentation
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