frostbite

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

Definition of frostbite

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to affect or injure by frost or frostbite

frostbite

noun

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

frostbite

adjective

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

Noun He wore gloves to prevent frostbite.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To reduce the pain and risk of frostbite for those living on the margins, several members of the Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood communities are coming together to craft a solution. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 13 Nov. 2021 While battling appalling weather in Greenland Chandi suffered frostnip -- an early stage of frostbite -- on the tip of her nose. Laura Smith-spark And Francesca Street, CNN, 6 Nov. 2021 The organization warns of caution while traveling or during outdoor activities, with care to avoid hypothermia or frostbite. Julia Musto, Fox News, 28 Sep. 2021 Forgo the frostbite without missing out on the season's festive fun. Teresa Bergen, Travel + Leisure, 16 Sep. 2021 Experts warned of potential frostbite to anyone who stepped outside with uncovered skin. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Hansen told the Sounder that King spent some time in the Shungnak clinic warming up and being treated for possible exposure and frostbite. Author: Emily Hofstaedter, Carey Restino, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2021 There are fans whirring, windows open, and a space heater chug-chugging to keep my toes, still tucked inside winter boots, just north of frostbite. Maggie Bullock, Vogue, 1 June 2021 The cub lost portions of both ears due to the frostbite from exposure, CPW said. David Williams, CNN, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of frostbite

Verb

1574, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1798, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frostbite was in 1574

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frostbite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of frostbite

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

frostbite

noun
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

frostbite

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

Medical Definition of frostbite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to affect or injure by frost or frostbite

frostbite

noun

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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