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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
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Definition of Frost (Entry 3 of 3)

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And with the risk of frost damage lingering, some farmers will be anxiously watching their temperature gauges for many more weeks. Drew Kann, ajc, 9 Jan. 2022 Days later, South Africa's leading makers of potato chips warned that potatoes were in short supply after a hard frost and excessive rains led to low local yields, on top of global sourcing shortages. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 9 Jan. 2022 Plants are damaged by frost and usually killed back to at least ground level at 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Tom Maccubbin,, 8 Jan. 2022 Days later, South Africa’s leading makers of potato chips warned that potatoes were in disturbingly short supply after a bad frost and excessive rains led to low local yields, on top of global sourcing shortages. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 Clear skies and cool temperatures could create widespread frost early Sunday. oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2022 Forecasters say overnight temperatures will fall into the 28 to 35 degree range in many areas, producing widespread frost, notably in areas like Escondido, El Cajon, La Mesa, Poway and San Marcos. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022 Then, as demand climbed again in 2021, heat and frost hurt the Champagne region's production. Jeva Lange, The Week, 30 Dec. 2021 With the city blanketed in pitch black and frost crowding the corners of Frank’s window walls, Frank, Jeevan, and Kirsten could be stranded on a space station, observing the dead Earth from Dr. Eleven’s remote vantage. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 30 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Children ages five to 12 will frost and decorate their own holiday cookies with a very special twist., 2 Dec. 2021 Some spots, including places in Litchfield County — home of Norfolk, the Ice Box of Connecticut — already had frost this fall. Christine Dempsey,, 2 Nov. 2021 As a matter of fact, with few exceptions, there hasn’t been frost even in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine (very unusual for this point of the year)., 8 Oct. 2021 Karissa Shaudt, a colorist at Maxine Salon, described sugar blonde (sans frost) as a perfect transition shade from summer to fall. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 17 Sep. 2021 Some areas could see temps dropping into the 30s, and frost in not out of the question in low valley areas including McMinnville and Battle Ground. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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“Frost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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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