frost·​bite | \ ˈfrȯs(t)-ˌbīt How to pronounce frostbite (audio) \
frostbit\ ˈfrȯs(t)-​ˌbit How to pronounce frostbit (audio) \; frostbitten\ ˈfrȯs(t)-​ˌbi-​tᵊn How to pronounce frostbitten (audio) \; frostbiting\ ˈfrȯs(t)-​ˌbī-​tiŋ How to pronounce frostbiting (audio) \

Definition of frostbite

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to affect or injure by frost or frostbite



Definition of frostbite (Entry 2 of 3)

: the superficial or deep freezing of the tissues of some part of the body (such as the feet or hands) also : the damage to tissues caused by freezing — compare frostnip



Definition of frostbite (Entry 3 of 3)

: done in cold weather frostbite sailing also : of or relating to cold-weather sailing frostbite sailors

Examples of frostbite in a Sentence


He wore gloves to prevent frostbite.

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Brown did not play in the preseason and missed much of training camp due to frostbite on his feet, the result of a cryotherapy mishap, and a dispute with the NFL over his helmet. Matt Kawahara,, "Agent: Raiders-Antonio Brown relationship can still be salvaged," 5 Sep. 2019 Brown, whom the Raiders acquired from the Steelers in March for draft picks and signed to a new three-year, $50.125 million contract, began training camp on the non-football injury list due to frostbite on his feet. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders GM Mike Mayock on Antonio Brown: ‘It’s time for him to be all in or all out’," 18 Aug. 2019 The superstar wide receiver has missed almost all of training camp with a foot injury similar to frostbite after a mishap involving a French cryotherapy chamber. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Antonio Brown returns to Raiders camp in Napa; no helmet in sight," 13 Aug. 2019 But a climbing accident in 1982 led to frostbite on both his legs, which later had to be amputated. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Why TIME's 2019 Tech Optimists Are Upbeat About Silicon Valley's Future," 7 Aug. 2019 Stone Age people might simply lose a lot of fingers to frostbite—but something about this explanation doesn’t quite add up. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Humans May Have Practiced Ritual Finger Amputation," 5 Dec. 2018 Ever since the 77-year-old musher lost a toe to frostbite on the Iditarod trail and froze several others, leaving them perpetually white and numb, his feet are quick to callus. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The Iditarod gave this musher broken bones and frostbitten toes. At 77, he’s not ready to stop racing.," 5 Mar. 2018 Herr, himself a rock climber who lost both his legs to frostbite as a teen, describes his goal as nothing short of eliminating disability. Matthew Orr, STAT, "Pioneering surgery makes a prosthetic foot feel like the real thing," 30 May 2018 In 2012, Kuriki lost nine fingers to frostbite during an unsuccessful attempt to climb the mountain. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "He lost nine fingers to Everest. On his eighth attempt, Japanese climber lost his life," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brown suffers extreme frostbite on his feet due to a cryotherapy chamber and is unable to practice with the team. Emily Caron,, "Timeline of Events That Led to Antonio Brown's Request for a Release From Raiders," 7 Sep. 2019 The woman suffered multiple injuries, including frostbite, Gardner said. Kaylee Remington,, "Bond set at $200K for man accused of putting woman in freezer in East Cleveland," 22 Aug. 2019 As a practical matter, the helmet was the sideshow and the cryotherapy session that left his feet with frostbite was the bigger issue. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown follows the money and crisis is averted — until the next one," 20 Aug. 2019 The incident left him with frostbite on the soles of his feet, an image Brown posted to social media. Globe Staff,, "Frostbite sidelines Raiders receiver Antonio Brown," 7 Aug. 2019 Aside from the helmet issue, Brown has also been recuperating from extreme frostbite suffered during a mishap during a cryotherapy session. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown practices with 'certified' helmet amid NFL grievance," 20 Aug. 2019 In those conditions, frostbite can set in within 10 minutes, officials said. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Snow in San Francisco? Mild cities don’t escape winter storm," 6 Feb. 2019 Still, the movie's DNA is on full display (arm-shattering frostbite! Wired Staff, WIRED, "Snowpiercer, Picard, and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con," 20 July 2019 Dressing for a night on the town is different than doing so for a trek in the mountains, when a pair of pants can be all that’s between the wearer and frostbite. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Scandinavian Man Stages a Non-Fashion Fashion Show in Stockholm," 6 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rosenhaus said Brown is 100 percent healthy after suffering from frostbite on the bottom of his feet at the start of training camp. Nicole Yang,, "Antonio Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus: ‘He wants to win a Super Bowl’," 8 Sep. 2019 Over the summer, while still playing for the Oakland Raiders, Brown suffered a foot injury from frostbite after reportedly not wearing the right footwear in a cryotherapy chamber, according to Sports Illustrated. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Patriots Wide Receiver Antonio Brown Is Accused of Rape in a Lawsuit. Here's What to Know," 11 Sep. 2019 Brown, who Gruden said appears to be running and cutting like normal after recovering from frostbite-like burns on both feet from a cryotherapy session in France, was expected to play sparingly, if at all, in the exhibition season even if healthy. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Report: Antonio Brown grievance concluded, decision next week," 23 Aug. 2019 Brown was acquired by the Raiders in March and missed the first several weeks of training camp with a frostbite injury to his feet. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Antonio Brown's agent on Raiders GM Mike Mayock's ultimatum: 'We're looking for a permanent solution'," 19 Aug. 2019 Multiple media reports are saying that the mysterious foot injury that has prevented Brown from practicing during much of training camp so far is frostbite. Los Angeles Times, "An explanation has emerged for Antonio Brown’s nasty feet: frostbite," 7 Aug. 2019 Like anything frozen, frostbite or damage is a real risk. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Frozen for eternity: Can you really cheat death?," 26 July 2019 Brown has missed almost all of training camp after sustaining frostbite-like burns on his feet in a cryotherapy session well in advance of the start of training camp. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "NFL denies Antonio Brown’s grievance, he indicates he’ll play," 12 Aug. 2019 After dragging a client for hours and hours, Sherpas also get tired, and sometimes suffer from frostbite. Mary Anne Potts, National Geographic, "Here’s how one elite Everest guide would improve safety on the mountain," 14 June 2019

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1574, in the meaning defined above


1798, in the meaning defined above


1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of frostbite

: a condition in which part of your body (such as your fingers or toes) freezes or almost freezes


frost·​bite | \ ˈfrȯst-ˌbīt How to pronounce frostbite (audio) \

Kids Definition of frostbite

: slight freezing of a part of the body (as the feet or hands) or the damage to body tissues caused by such freezing


transitive verb
frost·​bite | \ ˈfrȯs(t)-ˌbīt How to pronounce frostbite (audio) \
frostbit\ -​ˌbit How to pronounce frostbit (audio) \; frostbitten\ -​ˌbit-​ᵊn How to pronounce frostbitten (audio) \; frostbiting\ -​ˌbīt-​iŋ How to pronounce frostbiting (audio) \

Medical Definition of frostbite

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: to affect or injure by frost or frostbite



Medical Definition of frostbite (Entry 2 of 2)

: the superficial or deep freezing of the tissues of some part of the body (as the feet or hands) also : the damage to tissues caused by freezing

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