white frost
Frost Frost (fr[o^]st; 115), n. [OE. frost, forst, AS. forst, frost. fr. fre['o]san to freeze; akin to D. varst, G., OHG., Icel., Dan., & Sw. frost. [root]18. See {Freeze}, v. i.] 1. The act of freezing; -- applied chiefly to the congelation of water; congelation of fluids. [1913 Webster]

2. The state or temperature of the air which occasions congelation, or the freezing of water; severe cold or freezing weather. [1913 Webster]

The third bay comes a frost, a killing frost. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Frozen dew; -- called also {hoarfrost} or {white frost}. [1913 Webster]

He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. --Ps. cxlvii. 16. [1913 Webster]

4. Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character. [R.] [1913 Webster]

It was of those moments of intense feeling when the frost of the Scottish people melts like a snow wreath. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

{Black frost}, cold so intense as to freeze vegetation and cause it to turn black, without the formation of hoarfrost.

{Frost bearer} (Physics), a philosophical instrument illustrating the freezing of water in a vacuum; a cryophorus.

{Frost grape} (Bot.), an American grape, with very small, acid berries.

{Frost lamp}, a lamp placed below the oil tube of an Argand lamp to keep the oil limpid on cold nights; -- used especially in lighthouses. --Knight.

{Frost nail}, a nail with a sharp head driven into a horse's shoe to keep him from slipping.

{Frost smoke}, an appearance resembling smoke, caused by congelation of vapor in the atmosphere in time of severe cold. [1913 Webster]

The brig and the ice round her are covered by a strange black obscurity: it is the frost smoke of arctic winters. --Kane.

{Frost valve}, a valve to drain the portion of a pipe, hydrant, pump, etc., where water would be liable to freeze.

{Jack Frost}, a popular personification of frost. [1913 Webster]


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  • White frost — is a solid deposition of ice which forms directly from water vapour contained in air. White frost forms when there is a relative humidity above 90% and a temperature below 8 °C (18 °F). The developing heat is then transferred to air by convection …   Wikipedia

  • White frost — White White (hw[imac]t), a. [Compar. {Whiter} (hw[imac]t [ e]r); superl. {Whitest}.] [OE. whit, AS. hw[imac]t; akin to OFries. and OS. hw[=i]t, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. w[=i]z, hw[=i]z, Icel. hv[=i]tr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white frost — noun : frost 1c(1) * * * a heavy coating of frost. [1350 1400; ME] * * * white frost noun Hoarfrost • • • Main Entry: ↑white * * * white frost, the white, feathery crystals of ice formed when water vapor in the …   Useful english dictionary

  • white frost — /waɪt ˈfrɒst/ (say wuyt frost) noun → frost (def. 3) …   Australian English dictionary

  • white frost — a heavy coating of frost. [1350 1400; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • Frost — is the solid deposition of water vapor from saturated air. It is formed when solid surfaces are cooled to below the dew point of the adjacent air. [cite web |url=http://www.weatherquestions.com/What causes frost.htm |title=What causes frost?… …   Wikipedia

  • Frost — (fr[o^]st; 115), n. [OE. frost, forst, AS. forst, frost. fr. fre[ o]san to freeze; akin to D. varst, G., OHG., Icel., Dan., & Sw. frost. [root]18. See {Freeze}, v. i.] 1. The act of freezing; applied chiefly to the congelation of water;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frost bearer — Frost Frost (fr[o^]st; 115), n. [OE. frost, forst, AS. forst, frost. fr. fre[ o]san to freeze; akin to D. varst, G., OHG., Icel., Dan., & Sw. frost. [root]18. See {Freeze}, v. i.] 1. The act of freezing; applied chiefly to the congelation of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frost grape — Frost Frost (fr[o^]st; 115), n. [OE. frost, forst, AS. forst, frost. fr. fre[ o]san to freeze; akin to D. varst, G., OHG., Icel., Dan., & Sw. frost. [root]18. See {Freeze}, v. i.] 1. The act of freezing; applied chiefly to the congelation of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frost lamp — Frost Frost (fr[o^]st; 115), n. [OE. frost, forst, AS. forst, frost. fr. fre[ o]san to freeze; akin to D. varst, G., OHG., Icel., Dan., & Sw. frost. [root]18. See {Freeze}, v. i.] 1. The act of freezing; applied chiefly to the congelation of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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