[ frawst-lahyn, frost- ]
/ ˈfrɔstˌlaɪn, ˈfrɒst- /
the maximum depth at which soil is frozen.
the lower limit of permafrost.
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British Dictionary definitions for frostline
the deepest point in the ground to which frost will penetrate
the limit towards the equator beyond which frosts do not occur
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Scientific definitions for frostline
In regions where there is no permafrost, the maximum depth to which frost penetrates the ground in the winter.
The lower limit of permafrost.
In tropical regions, the elevation below which frost never occurs.
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