Frost on tree branches.
- The definition of frost is the icy crystals on things that are frozen, a temperature low enough to freeze or the state of being frozen.
- An example of frost is the bits of ice that form on the outside of something left in the freezer for a very long time.
- An example of frost is what happens to things left outside in below zero degrees.
- Frost is defined as to cover with icing or a layer of ice crystals.
- An example of frost is putting a layer of chocolate buttercream over the top and sides of a cake.
- An example of frost is a below freezing night resulting in a layer of frost on the windshield of your car.
- a freezing or state of being frozen
- a temperature low enough to cause freezing
- the icy crystals that form directly on a freezing surface as moist air contacts it; rime; hoarfrost
- coolness of action, feeling, manner, etc.
- Informal a book, play, etc. that is poorly received by the public; failure
Origin of frostMiddle English from Old English forst, frost (akin to German frost) from past participle base of freosan (see freeze) + -t (Gmc an unverified form -ta), nominal suffix
- to cover with frost
- to damage, wither, or kill by freezing
- to cover with frosting, or icing
- to give a frostlike, opaque surface to (glass or metal)
- to apply lighter coloring to selected strands of (hair) using a chemical dye
- Slang to make angry, annoy, irritate, etc.
- a. A deposit of minute ice crystals formed when water vapor condenses at a temperature below freezing.b. A period of weather when such deposits form.
- A cold manner or period of disaffection: a frost in diplomatic relations.
verbfrost·ed, frost·ing, frosts
- To cover with frost.
- To damage or kill by frost.
- To cover (glass, for example) with a roughened or speckled decorative surface.
- To cover or decorate with icing: frost a cake.
- To bleach or lighten the color of (hair) with dye so that some but not all strands are changed in color.
- Slang To anger or upset: What really frosted me about the incident was the fact that you lied.
Origin of frostMiddle English from Old English; see preus- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural frosts)
- A cover of minute ice crystals on objects that are exposed to the air. Frost is formed by the same process as dew, except that the temperature of the frosted object is below freezing.
- The cold weather that causes these ice crystals to form.
- (figuratively) Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character.
(third-person singular simple present frosts, present participle frosting, simple past and past participle frosted)
From Middle English frost, from Old English frost (“frost”), from Proto-Germanic *frustaz (“frost”), from Proto-Indo-European *prews- (“to freeze; frost”). Cognate with West Frisian froast (“frost”), Dutch vorst (“frost”), German Frost (“frost”), Swedish frost (“frost”), Icelandic frost (“frost”), Latin pruīna (“hoarfrost, frost, rime, snow”). Related to freeze.
- A surname.