[fraw-sting, fros-ting] /ˈfrɔ stɪŋ, ˈfrɒs tɪŋ/
a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing.
a dull or lusterless finish, as on metal or glass.
a process of highlighting the hair by bleaching selected strands.
a material used for decorative work, as signs, displays, etc., made from coarse flakes of powdered glass.
the frosting on the cake, something added to make a thing better or more desirable.
Also, icing on the cake.
[frawst, frost] /frɔst, frɒst/
a degree or state of coldness sufficient to cause the of water.
Also 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 .
an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, formed on the walls or contents of a freezer by the condensation of water vapor; rime.
the act or process of .
coldness of manner or temperament:
We noticed a definite frost in his greeting.
Informal. a coolness between persons.
Informal. something that meets with lack of enthusiasm, as a theatrical performance or party; failure; flop.
a milk shake, frappe, or similar drink:
a chocolate frost.
verb (used with object)
to cover with frost.
to give a frostlike surface to (glass, metal, etc.).
to ice (a cake, cookies, etc.).
to 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.
verb (used without object)
to become covered with frost or (often followed by up or over):
The windshield has frosted over.
(of varnish, paint, etc.) to dry with a film resembling frost.
degree of frost, British. the degree of temperature Fahrenheit below the freezing point:
10 degrees of frost is equivalent to 22°F.
a soft icing based on sugar and egg whites
Also called icing. a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc
a rough or matt finish on glass, silver, etc
(slang) the practice of stealing a car while the owner has left it idling to defrost the windows and heat the engine
a white deposit of ice particles, esp one formed on objects out of doors at night See also hoarfrost
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
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) (mainly US & Canadian) to decorate (cakes, etc) with icing or frosting
(transitive) to kill or damage (crops, etc) with frost
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)
1610s as an action; 1756 as a substance; meaning “cake icing” is from 1858; verbal noun from frost (v.).
Old English forst, frost “a freezing, becoming frozen, extreme cold,” from Proto-Germanic *frusta- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German frost, Middle Dutch and Dutch vorst), related to freosan “to freeze,” from PIE *preus- “to freeze; burn” (see freeze (v.)). Both forms of the word were common in English till late 15c.; the triumph of frost may be due to its similarity to the forms in other Germanic languages.
1630s, from frost (n.). Related: Frosted; frosting.
A deposit of minute ice crystals formed when water vapor condenses at a temperature below freezing.
A deposit of tiny, white ice crystals on a surface. Frost forms through sublimation, when water vapor in the air condenses at a temperature below freezing. It gets its white color from tiny air bubbles trapped in the ice crystals. See more at dew point.
(Heb. kerah, from its smoothness) Job 37:10 (R.V., “ice”); Gen. 31:40; Jer. 36:30; rendered “ice” in Job 6:16, 38:29; and “crystal” in Ezek. 1:22. “At the present day frost is entirely unknown in the lower portions of the valley of the Jordan, but slight frosts are sometimes felt on the sea-coast and near Lebanon.” Throughout Western Asia cold frosty nights are frequently succeeded by warm days. “Hoar frost” (Heb. kephor, so called from its covering the ground) is mentioned in Ex. 16:14; Job 38:29; Ps. 147:16. In Ps. 78:47 the word rendered “frost” (R.V. marg., “great hail-stones”), _hanamal_, occurs only there. It is rendered by Gesenius, the Hebrew lexicographer, “ant,” and so also by others, but the usual interpretation derived from the ancient versions may be maintained.
[frawst-lahyn, frost-] /ˈfrɔstˌlaɪn, ˈfrɒst-/ noun 1. the maximum depth at which soil is frozen. 2. the lower limit of permafrost.
noun 1. the temperature of the air at which hoarfrost begins to form.
noun, Meteorology. 1. an ice fog caused by extremely cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, especially in polar regions.
- Frost stud
noun 1. an antislip device fitted to a horse’s shoe Also called frost cog