frostbite

verb
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

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 From frostbite to hypothermia, the winter months are filled with uncertainty and danger. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Pope Francis Center relocates to TCF Center as demand for homeless services grow," 11 Nov. 2020 Fingers and toes are often the first to get cold — and among the biggest risks for frostbite. Washington Post, "Winter camping is not for the faint of heart. Here’s how to do it.," 6 Nov. 2020 The Daily Star’s Greg Hansen previews the Pac-12 season while wondering if wintery conditions will lead to cases of frostbite. oregonlive, "Will Chip Kelly ever replicate his success at Oregon? Watch out for Oregon State: Issues & Answers," 1 Nov. 2020 In what looked like a dendrological case of frostbite, tips of every branch were afflicted with something. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Why are spruce trees turning orange in the Alaska Range?," 5 Sep. 2020 Wet feet are the quickest way to blisters, frostbite, and even foot rot. Outdoor Life, "Four boots made to keep your feet dry," 13 May 2020 In the 1960s, one such can caused frostbite upon being touched. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can," 11 May 2020 The most common ailments included colds, wounds, chronic illnesses, and some frostbite. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "How Do You Shelter in Place When You Don’t Have a Home?," 26 Mar. 2020 Many of the mushers endured severe frostbite, and several dogs died from the cold and exertion. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Togo was the true hero dog of the serum run; it’s about time he got his due," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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“Frostbite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frostbite. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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 frostbit (audio) \; frostbitten\ -​ˌbit-​ᵊn How to pronounce frostbitten (audio) \; frostbiting\ -​ˌbīt-​iŋ How to pronounce frostbiting (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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