I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German frost — more at freeze Date: before 12th century 1. a. the process of freezing b. a covering of minute ice crystals on a cold surface; also ice particles formed from a gas c. the temperature that causes freezing 2. a. coldness of deportment or temperament ; an indifferent, reserved, or unfriendly manner b. failure <
the play was…a most dreadful frost — Arnold Bennett
II. verb Date: 1635 transitive verb 1. a. to cover with or as if with frost; especially to put icing on (cake) b. to produce a fine-grained slightly roughened surface on (as metal or glass) 2. to injure or kill (as plants) by frost 3. to make angry or irritated <
that really frosts me
intransitive verb to become frosted

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Frost — [frɔst], der; [e]s, Fröste [ frœstə]: Temperatur unter dem Gefrierpunkt: draußen herrscht strenger Frost. Zus.: Dauerfrost, Nachtfrost. * * * Frọst 〈m. 1u〉 1. Temperatur unter dem Gefrierpunkt sowie die dabei auftretenden Vorgänge, z. B.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Frost — Sm std. (8. Jh.), mhd. vrost, ahd. frost, as. frost Stammwort. Aus wg. * frusta m. Frost , auch in ae. frost; vergleichbar ist weiter anord. frost n. Abstraktum zu frieren. Adjektiv: frostig; Verb: frösteln.    Ebenso nndl. vorst, ne. frost.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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  • frost — [frôst, fräst] n. [ME < OE forst, frost (akin to Ger frost) < pp. base of freosan (see FREEZE) + t (Gmc * ta), nominal suffix] 1. a freezing or state of being frozen 2. a temperature low enough to cause freezing 3. the icy crystals that… …   English World dictionary

  • Frost — Frost, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frosted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frosting}.] 1. To injure by frost; to freeze, as plants. [1913 Webster] 2. To cover with hoarfrost; to produce a surface resembling frost upon, as upon cake, metals, or glass; as, glass may… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frost — O.E. forst, frost a freezing, becoming frozen, extreme cold, from P.Gmc. *frusta (Cf. O.S., O.Fris., O.H.G. frost, M.Du., Du. vorst), related to freosan to freeze, from PIE *preus to freeze, burn (see FREEZE (Cf. freeze)). Both forms of the word… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Frost — Frost, Robert Lee * * * (as used in expressions) Frost, Robert (Lee) Frost, Sir David (Paradine) Kennan, George F(rost) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Frost — Frost: Das Substantiv mhd. vrost, ahd. frost, niederl. vorst, engl., schwed. frost ist eine altgerm. Bildung zu ↑ frieren. Abl.: frösteln (16. Jh.); frostig (mhd. vrostec »kalt, frierend«, nhd. meist übertragen) …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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