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Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


frosted; frosting; frosts

Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Overnight lows will fall to around 30 degrees and widespread frost is expected. Mike Rose, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 While forecasters predict patches of frost and cold temperatures for Sunday morning, the weather will warm up by the afternoon. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 16 Apr. 2022 Cooler weather is expected to follow the front starting on Thursday, and there’s the potential for a late-season frost or freeze in parts of north and north-central Alabama both Friday night and Saturday night, according to the weather service. Leigh Morgan, al, 6 Apr. 2022 No frost or freezing temperatures are expected during the morning hours, so daytime highs are likely to reach well into the 70s. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2022 Downtown and locations near large bodies of water should narrowly escape a frost or freeze. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Unlike the early spring blooming magnolias that often get fried by a spring freeze or frost, a witch hazel in full flower can handle temperatures down to the teens without damage. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2022 Westerhof had initially planned for the East Coast, but the threat of frost and plunging temperatures made California more attractive, though the first couple years were rainy. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 One of the reasons many of us chose to live in the Sunshine State is to avoid the snow, ice and frost that plague our northern neighbors this time of year. Roger Simmons,, 28 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using the remaining buttercream, frost the cake with a smooth finish. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 The car also has a TV that rolls up and down, and a partition that can frost over. Greta Bjornson,, 29 Mar. 2022 To make ahead, let cake cool completely before wrapping tightly and leave on the kitchen counter until ready to frost or up to two days. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2022 Between April 2020 and December 2021, the price of soybeans soared 52 percent, and corn and wheat both grew 80 percent, the fund’s data showed, while the price of coffee rose 70 percent, due largely to droughts and frost in Brazil. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Exuberance becomes introspection as the strings slow, soften, and frost over in falling patterns and the percussionists switch from heavy forces to bells, rain sticks and slide whistles. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 14 Jan. 2022 The flakes, illuminated by the electric light of a pole, cascaded from the black sky to frost the surface of the vehicle. Tiffini Theisen,, 3 Jan. 2022 To turn this the cake into a buche, do not frost the ends of the cake. Beth Segal, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 Brazil was hit by both dry weather and frost this past season. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of frost


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1635, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for frost


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German frost — more at freeze

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\ 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


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

Frost biographical name

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Definition of Frost

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

Other Words from frost

Frostian \ ˈfrȯ-​stē-​ən How to pronounce Frost (audio) , ˈfrȯs-​chən \ adjective

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