WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
frost /frɔst, frɑst/USA pronunciation
- a degree or state of coldness that is enough to cause the freezing of water: [uncountable]expecting frost tonight over most of the region.[countable]A slight frost will kill this plant.
- [uncountable] a covering of tiny ice crystals, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground when cooled below the dew point.
- to (cause to) become covered with frost: [ no obj; ~ + up/over]:The high school track frosted over last night.[~ ( + up/over) + object]The cold weather frosted up the track last night.
- [~ + object] to give a frostlike surface to (glass, metal, etc.).
- [~ + object] to cover or decorate with frosting:to frost a cake.
- [~ + object] to bleach some strands of (a person's hair).
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
frost /frɒst/ n
- a white deposit of ice particles, esp one formed on objects out of doors at night
- an atmospheric temperature of below freezing point, characterized by the production of this deposit
- degrees below freezing point: eight degrees of frost indicates a temperature of either –8°C or 24°F
- informal something given a cold reception; failure
- informal coolness of manner
- the act of freezing
Etymology: Old English frost; related to Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German frost; see freeze
- to cover or be covered with frost
- (transitive) to give a frostlike appearance to (glass, etc), as by means of a fine-grained surface
- (transitive) chiefly US Canadian to decorate (cakes, etc) with icing or frosting
- (transitive) to kill or damage (crops, etc) with frost
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