frosting

[ fraw-sting, fros-ting ]
/ ˈfrɔ stɪŋ, ˈfrɒs tɪŋ /
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noun

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.

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Idioms

    the frosting on the cake, something added to make a thing better or more desirable.Also icing on the cake.

Origin of frosting

First recorded in 1610–20; frost + -ing1
Related formsnon·frost·ing, adjective

Definition for frosting (2 of 2)

frost

[ frawst, frost ]
/ frɔst, frɒst /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

Origin of frost

before 900; Middle English, Old English frost, forst; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse frost; akin to freeze
Related formsfrost·less, adjectivefrost·like, adjectiveun·frost, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for frosting (1 of 3)

frosting

/ (ˈfrɒstɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for frosting (2 of 3)

Frost

/ (frɒst) /

noun

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)

British Dictionary definitions for frosting (3 of 3)

frost

/ (frɒst) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsfrostlike, adjective

Word Origin for frost

Old English frost; related to Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German frost; see freeze
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Medicine definitions for frosting

frost

[ frôst ]

n.

A deposit of minute ice crystals formed when water vapor condenses at a temperature below freezing.
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Science definitions for frosting

frost

[ frôst ]

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.
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