frost

noun
\ ˈfrȯst How to pronounce frost (audio) \

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

frost

verb
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

Frost

biographical name
\ ˈfrȯst How to pronounce Frost (audio) \

Definition of Frost (Entry 3 of 3)

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

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Other Words from frost

Biographical name

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

Peppers like warmth, so wait to plant until nighttime temperatures have consistently reached 60 degrees and all danger of frost has passed. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Peppers," 19 Aug. 2018 Harvest winter squash when the rind can’t be pierced with your thumbnail, around the time when the vines wither or even right after the first light frost. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 So if the ideal Republican outcome is Kavanaugh exonerated and confirmed before there is frost on the pumpkin, what is second best for the GOP? Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Will a justice delayed be a justice denied?," 19 Sep. 2018 Pull them on over skinny jeans or leggings, style them with a midi skirt that falls below the top of the boot, or allow a sliver of skin (or tights, come winter frost!) to peek out between your boot and a short hemline. Avery Matera, Glamour, "17 Ways to Wear Thigh-High Boots This Winter," 11 Jan. 2019 Each spring, when the fruit trees and berries flower, the danger of killing frost lurks. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, "Keeping Dad Alive From 7,000 Miles Away," 23 Dec. 2018 Intertwine fresh greenery with white ribbon around a staircase banister to reflect a tree covered in frost, or lights around your fireplace mantle replicating the glow of luminarias. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018 Morning frost in the Grass Gardens at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, England. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "Fall’s Best Blade Plans," 5 Oct. 2018 Photo: Jacob Bunge/The Wall Street Journal Down the road in the 639-person hamlet of Fort Vermilion, Dr. Jacob Marfo counts each year’s frost-free days. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones," 25 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add a few drops of food coloring to frosting and stir twice to create a swirl pattern; carefully transfer to a piping bag. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "White Hot Chocolate," 11 Dec. 2018 Pipe frosting around the edges of the wafer, making a brim for the witch's hat. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 Transfer 1 cup frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large flat tip. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Santa Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting," 7 Dec. 2018 Place roughly half of the frosting in a small Ziploc bag, pushing the frosting to one lower corner. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 Essentially, a machine lays—or prints—fabric into an outline of the shoe upper, kind of like a baker applying frosting to a cake. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Nike’s New Flyprint Sneaker Is as Cool as It Is Extremely Confusing," 18 Apr. 2018 Cover cake with remaining cream cheese frosting and top with raspberries, sugar flowers, and snowflake transfers, then dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 The website is currently selling sets of 6 Classic Cinnabon Rolls, 15 MiniBons, or 16 BonBites, each of which arrives with extra frosting on the side. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Cinnabon Launches Online Store With Free Shipping Nation-Wide," 15 Nov. 2018 The Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake is made with layers of Cinnabon cinnamon cheesecake and vanilla crunch cake topped with cream cheese frosting and caramel, and finished off with cinnamon candy crunchies. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Cheesecake Factory offering half-price deal for National Cheesecake Day," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of frost

Noun

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

Verb

1635, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for frost

Noun

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

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frost

noun

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

frost

verb

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)

frost

noun
\ ˈfrȯst How to pronounce frost (audio) \

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

frost

verb
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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