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Definition of frost 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the process of freezing

b : a covering of minute ice crystals on a cold surface also : ice particles formed from a gas

c : the temperature that causes freezing

2a : coldness of deportment or temperament : an indifferent, reserved, or unfriendly manner

b : failure the play was … a most dreadful frost— Arnold Bennett


frosted; frosting; frosts

Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with frost especially : to put icing on (cake)

b : to produce a fine-grained slightly roughened surface on (such as metal or glass)

2 : to injure or kill (plants) by frost

3 : to make angry or irritated that really frosts me


biographical name
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Definition of Frost (Entry 3 of 3)

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

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Frostian \ˈfrȯ-​stē-​ən, ˈfrȯs-​chən \ adjective

Examples of frost in a Sentence


The grass was covered with frost. Frost formed on the window. These plants should bloom until the first frost of the season. We had an early frost.


The cold had frosted the windows. I have to frost the birthday cake.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is especially true in tricky vintages such as 2017, when frost hit most of Europe during fruit set, reducing yields and potentially affecting quality. Dave Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "These sauvignon blancs taste more expensive than they are," 6 Aug. 2018 But watch weather forecasts -- beans will not tolerate frost and may have to be planted twice if the temperature goes below freezing. Kym Pokorny,, "Stick a thermometer in the soil before planting vegetables," 3 Apr. 2018 Don't handle the glass with bare hands, as the touch of a hand kills the frost. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "How to Make a Mint Julep," 8 Mar. 2018 In either case, bring plants back outdoors when the weather warms and the last frost date is past. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Figs Right in Your Backyard," 15 Aug. 2018 Some even suggested that the streaks were caused by seasonal carbon-dioxide frost. Chelsea Gohd,, "Wow! This Fresh Meteoroid Impact on Mars Triggered a Dusty Avalanche," 19 June 2018 Options: Navigation, Bose audio; HD radio; wireless charging; LED headlights; cornering lights; rear park assist; cross traffic and blind spot alert; memory for driver settings; white frost metallic tricoat paint. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2018 Buick Regal TourX sport wagon delivers room, style value," 8 Feb. 2018 At the Chicago Botanic Garden, frost blankets covered up certain plants the weekend of April 14 and 15 as temperatures dipped into the 30s, followed by snow on April 16. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Cold 'spring' weather takes toll on botanic garden, golf club in Glencoe," 17 Apr. 2018 Overnight lows will reach into the low 40s throughout the remainder of March, but no real frost conditions are expected. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland Wednesday weather: March moves out like a lamb with calm, mild weather," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Place pecan cake on a cake plate and pipe cream cheese frosting around the edge of the cake (this will create a dam, preventing the cake from bulging and the frosting from escaping). Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 Shake until the shaker starts to frost and feels very cold to the touch, 20 to 30 seconds. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Cider Sidecar," 21 Sep. 2018 Spoon 1/2 cup frosting into resealable plastic bag. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mouse Cupcakes," 27 July 2018 Vargas’ more intricate creations can sometimes take up to ten minutes to frost—multiply that by 350 cookies for a large order, and girl has her work cut out for her. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Local Cookie Company Lets You Eat Your Favorite Celebrities," 1 June 2018 Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Ed Barkowitz,, "Kentucky Derby: Time, odds, TV info, picks and how Free Drop Billy was named," 4 May 2018 The four-hour-long hearing … was marked by partisan bickering about the Trump administration’s takeover of the CFPB, including the revelation that Mulvaney had spent more than $3,000 to frost the glass around his and other offices. ... James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Paul Ryan’s party is over," 12 Apr. 2018 Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Wait! Before you try a mint julep, here's everything you should know about the Derby drink," 6 Apr. 2018 Spread frosting over cooled cakes and decorate as desired. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Forest Friends Cake," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of frost


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1635, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for frost


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German frost — more at freeze

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English Language Learners Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thin layer of ice that forms on the ground, on grass, etc., when the air becomes cold

: the occurrence of weather that is cold enough to cause water to freeze and frost to form



English Language Learners Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something) with frost

: to become covered with frost

: to cover (something, such as a cake) with frosting (sense 1)


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Kids Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a covering of tiny ice crystals on a cold surface formed from the water vapor in the air

2 : temperature cold enough to cause freezing


frosted; frosting

Kids Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cover with frosting frost a cake

2 : to cover or become covered with frost

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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