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

Sieg said if an early frost hits popcorn, the corn won’t pop. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Commercial corn prices are going up. Here's what that could mean for your grocery bill," 17 June 2019 Instead of coming with add-on bumpers, like the previous Echo Dot Kids Edition, the new model is available in either frost blue or rainbow fabric colors. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition comes in blue or rainbow colors," 12 June 2019 Their chief enemy is frost, so they are considered annuals in temperate climates. Maureen Gilmer, sacbee, "For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas," 22 June 2018 The leaves on the birch tell the Alaskan gardener (and any other who happens to learn our trick) that there won't be any more frosts for a while. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Resist the temptation to rake your lawn right now — you’ll be thankful later," 27 Apr. 2018 Sweet potatoes mature in 90 to 170 days and are extremely frost sensitive. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Perfect Sweet Potatoes In Your Backyard," 15 Mar. 2017 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Marley specializes in homemade buttercream frosting, homemade fondant, mirror glaze cakes, edible cookie dough cake balls, candy bar ice cream cakes and the most amazing specialty cakes around! Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Looking at items from the past is always interesting: Whit & Whimsey," 5 July 2019 There’s a vest made from curly sheepskin in canary and yolk yellows, and a coat in gray with hints of pink inspired by Justin Timberlake’s frosted tips in the early aughts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Reimagines the Ugg With a Deliciously Square Toe," 9 Feb. 2019 To make ahead, store all the cookies at room temperature (using wax paper between layers of iced, frosted or filled cookies) for up to 2 weeks. Woman's Day, "Stained Glass Cookies," 29 Nov. 2011 The Chiefs will likely target 50 degrees, ensuring the field isn’t frozen (the grass tips may frost, however) and keeping the playing surface softer and safer. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 Spoon the frosting into a large resealable freezer bag. Snip a 1/2-inch opening off one corner of the bag; pipe the frosting on top of each cookie to form ghosts. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Marshmallow Ghosts," 19 Sep. 2018 The Pillsbury products being acquired, including cake and brownie mixes, and frosting, bring in about $200 million in annual revenue, Hartong said. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Private equity firm to buy Pillsbury and other brands for $375M, open Chicago HQ," 9 July 2018 The ⅓ cup of Greek yogurt that makes its way into this otherwise-classic cream cheese frosting is nothing but a delight. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Made BA Staffers Pretty Much Lose Our Minds," 1 May 2018 Let cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack before filling or frosting. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "3 Father's Day Cupcakes To Match His Favorite Drink," 14 June 2016

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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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