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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


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


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

Examples of frost in a Sentence


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.


The cold had frosted the windows. I have to frost the birthday cake.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her time spent gardening seeped into her poetry: mice, roses, daffodils, and frost became metaphors for death, love, and spirituality. Nora Mcgreevy,, "Emily Dickinson’s ‘scraps of paper’ inspire art installation at poet’s Amherst conservatory," 15 Aug. 2019 The wettest 12 months on record in the continental U.S. put many farmers far behind on planting, giving corn plants less time to reach full maturity and upping the risk that an early frost could kill off crops. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Farmers Stockpiling Corn in Response to Tough Growing Conditions," 11 July 2019 To head off future frosts, the Hunts have started laying vines along the ground and baling hay around them, keeping them above the minimum temperatures in cold winters. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Climate change means more pesticides in your wine," 3 July 2019 That’s a 3% increase from 2017, when growers saw a slight production decline due to a late spring frost. USA TODAY, "Mermaid Parade, Lincoln’s Bible, District 12: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2019 Tulips should go in the ground after the first frost but before the ground freezes. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Plant Tulips and Get Them to Thrive," 25 July 2019 Pick a day after the last frost to sow seeds directly in the ground. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow a Pumpkin Plant in Your Garden This Fall," 12 July 2019 Because the last frosts of spring are occurring earlier in the year, trees are blasting out pollen earlier as well. The Economist, "Alaska’s changing climate," 4 July 2019 What this translates to is after the frost in fall when the plants die back., "Need tips on how to prune back a rhododendron? Ask an Expert," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the ganache is almost thick enough, start making the praline crunch frosting. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Fair homemade cake winner is a delicious mix of bourbon, chocolate and nuts," 13 Aug. 2019 Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting and decorating. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chocolate Cupcakes," 1 Aug. 2019 April wets a washcloth and wipes fruit filling and frosting from the corners of Solomon's mouth. Mark Curnutte,, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 One of Emily’s favorite chapters focuses on Lane cake, a four-layer white cake containing whiskey and raisins, frosted in fluffy white icing. Michelle Matthews |,, "These 14 foods help define Alabama history," 9 July 2019 For the second year in a row, broccoli ranks as America’s favorite vegetable—no salad frosting required. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Is America's Favorite Vegetable for the Second Year in a Row," 17 June 2019 The Unicorn Milkshake starts off with a vanilla frosting rim covered in rainbow sprinkles. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Move over, Tie Dye Frappucino. These 10 drinks and desserts in metro Phoenix were made for Instagram," 12 July 2019 Use ¼ cup buttercream frosting to sandwich together the two rounds. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 Touches of peach warm the light of the sweet-as-frosting pink surface. Cate Mcquaid,, "Brilliant color, and glimmers of more," 3 July 2019

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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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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



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)


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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

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to shake or wave menacingly

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