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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The glass will not frost if in the wind, if wet, with undried ice, or if excessively handled. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "How to Make a Mint Julep," 8 Mar. 2018 Girls are frosting their nails in a winter wonderland of sparkling silvers, icy cool blues and a sprinkle of snow flakes for a fierce ice queen look. Ashley Lewis, Seventeen, "Icicle Nails Are The Coolest Nail Art Trend for Winter," 17 Dec. 2015 Top with a doughnut, then use a dab of frosting to act as glue and sandwich with another doughnut. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frankenstein and His Bride Cupcakes," 2 Oct. 2018 The lovebirds even took a piece of frosting off the cake and fed it to each other. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Kissed and Fed Each Other Cake on His Birthday," 17 Sep. 2018 Standing next to me alongside pools of meltwater frosted over in the morning shade, a baby swathed in a red snowsuit is harnessed to his American father’s chest, staring at it all. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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