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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 How to pronounce Frostian (audio) , ˈfrȯs-​chən \ adjective

Examples of frost in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb The cold had frosted the windows. I have to frost the birthday cake.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, be the early bird and start planning to get nesting boxes up before the first frost to establish your bluebird trail come spring. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Bluebird Comeback: Beautiful native bird is thriving with human help," 25 June 2020 Planting too late may not leave enough time to harvest any tomatoes before the first fall frost kills the plant. oregonlive, "10 tips to help novice gardeners reap a successful harvest," 16 June 2020 Most importantly, begonias cannot tolerate freezing temperatures; they should be brought indoors before the first frost. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "Begonias Burst With Bright Color in the Cool Shade," 5 June 2020 First and most common would be a late freeze or frost that came either while the tree was in bud or bloom or even after the small fruit had set. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Sawfly damage to bur oak leaves is mostly cosmetic," 4 June 2020 And don’t transplant until the danger of frost is past. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "How to Grow a Better Tomato," 12 May 2020 Part of central Alabama will also have to deal with the threat of frost overnight. Leigh Morgan, al, "Chilly tonight! Frost advisory issued for parts of Alabama," 14 Apr. 2020 Warm season veggies should be transplanted outside in mid-May, after any danger of frost has passed. oregonlive, "Now is the time to start a veggie garden from seeds; here’s how," 10 Apr. 2020 Once the danger of frost has passed, sow greens like arugula, mache, and mizuna. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With no time spent on ventilation, there will typically be dew or frost inside the burrito from water vapor produced by you during the night, especially if your clothes are damp. Popular Science, "Fifteen survival shelters that can save your life," 28 May 2020 The classic, yeast-style doughnuts are topped with vanilla frosting decorated with sprinkles and red icing. Tanya Edwards,, "Red, white, and delicious: Patriotic foods for your Fourth of July celebrations," 1 July 2019 Guinness Chocolate Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Cheese Frosting Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day more than this chocolate cake paired with Guinness and frosting paired with Baileys Irish Cream from Fox News, "9 sweet treats for St. Patrick's Day," 11 Mar. 2016 One location offers a four-doughnut pack with three types of frosting — strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla — and two types of sprinkles for $7.99. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Dunkin' Is Selling DIY Doughnut Decorating Kits Across the U.S.," 7 May 2020 Spoon about 2 tablespoons of frosting over the flat side of each cookie to form a mound. Olga Massov, Washington Post, "If a brownie and a sugar cookie had a baby, it would be this Berger cookie," 2 Dec. 2019 Spread approximately 1 tablespoon of frosting onto each cookie. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: December means it’s time for holiday cookie recipes," 2 Dec. 2019 Brand names that evoke cupcakes or frosting are particularly apt in this case. Esther Mobley,, "In defense of buttery Chardonnay," 30 Apr. 2020 For the second challenge, soda and frosting are featured ingredients. Alicia Kortendick, al, "‘Chopped Sweets’ premiere | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of frost was before the 12th century

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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
chiefly US : 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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