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frostbitten

[frawst-bit-n, frost-]
adjective
  1. injured by frost or extreme cold.
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verb (used with object)
  1. past participle of frostbite.
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Origin of frostbitten

First recorded in 1585–95

frostbite

[frawst-bahyt, frost-]
noun
  1. injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from initial redness and tingling to gangrene.
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verb (used with object), frost·bit, frost·bit·ten, frost·bit·ing.
  1. to injure by frost or extreme cold.
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Origin of frostbite

First recorded in 1605–15; frost + bite
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Examples from the Web for frostbitten

Historical Examples

  • But with me, the verdure and the flowers are not frostbitten in the midst of winter.

    The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Yet, poor Fox, dear Fox, who lay on my breast when I was frostbitten.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Lynn was in the bed between us and it was so cold her cheeks were frostbitten by morning.

  • Does his soul expand in the winter, or does it shrink like frostbitten fruit?

    The Whole Armour of God

    John Henry Jowett

  • They are unloved and unlovely, and they are frostbitten in the realms of luxury.

    The Whole Armour of God

    John Henry Jowett


British Dictionary definitions for frostbitten

frostbitten

adjective
  1. of or affected with frostbite
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frostbite

noun
  1. destruction of tissues, esp those of the fingers, ears, toes, and nose, by freezing, characterized by tingling, blister formation, and gangrene
  2. NZ a type of small sailing dinghy
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Word Origin and History for frostbitten

adj.

also frost-bitten, 1550s, from frost (n.) + bitten.

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frostbite

n.

also frost-bite, 1813, from frost (n.) + bite (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

frostbitten in Medicine

frostbite

(frôstbīt′)
n.
  1. Injury or destruction of skin and underlying tissue, most often that of the nose, ears, fingers, or toes, resulting from prolonged exposure to freezing or subfreezing temperatures.
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frostbitten in Science

frostbite

[frôstbīt′]
  1. Damage to a part of the body as a result of exposure to freezing temperatures. It is caused by a loss of blood supply and the formation of ice crystals in the affected body part.
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