WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
frost /frɔst, frɑst/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Meteorologya 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.
- Meteorology[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.).
- Food to cover or decorate with frosting[~ + object]to frost a cake.
- Clothing[~ + object] to bleach some strands of (a person's hair).
(frôst, frost), n.
Meteorologya degree or state of coldness sufficient to cause the freezing of water.
MeteorologyAlso called hoarfrost. a covering of minute ice needles, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground and exposed objects when they have cooled by radiation below the dew point, and when the dew point is below the freezing point.
the act or process of freezing.
coldness of manner or temperament:We noticed a definite frost in his greeting.
Informal Terms[Informal.]a coolness between persons.
Informal Terms[Informal.]something that meets with lack of enthusiasm, as a theatrical performance or party; failure;
Fooda milk shake, frappe, or similar drink:a chocolate frost.
Meteorology, Informal Termsdegree of frost, [Brit.]the degree of temperature Fahrenheit below the freezing point:10 degrees of frost is equivalent to 22°F.
- to cover with frost.
- to give a frostlike surface to (glass, metal, etc.).
- Foodto ice (a cake, cookies, etc.).
- Clothingto bleach selected strands of (a person's hair) in order to create highlights.
- to kill or injure by frost:a freezing rain that badly frosted the tomato plants.
- to make angry:I was frosted by his critical comment.
- to become covered with frost or freeze (often fol. by up or over):The windshield has frosted over.
- (of varnish, paint, etc.) to dry with a film resembling frost.
4 . aloofness, coolness, distance, remoteness.
(frôst, frost), n.
MonarchyRobert (Lee), 1874–1963, U.S. poet.
Middle English, Old English frost, forst;
cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse frost;
akin to freeze
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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
Frost /frɒst/ n
- Sir David (Paradine). born 1939, British television presenter and executive, noted esp for political interviews
- Robert (Lee). 1874–1963, US poet, noted for his lyrical verse on country life in New England. His books include A Boy's Will (1913), North of Boston (1914), and New Hampshire (1923)
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