Frost

Definition of Frost

Pronunciation: frǒst; 115
n.1.The act of freezing; - applied chiefly to the congelation of water; congelation of fluids.
2.The state or temperature of the air which occasions congelation, or the freezing of water; severe cold or freezing weather.
The third bay comes a frost, a killing frost.
- Shak.
3.Frozen dew; - called also hoarfrost or white frost.
He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
- Ps. cxlvii. 16.
4.Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character.
It was of those moments of intense feeling when the frost of the Scottish people melts like a snow wreath.
- Sir W. Scott.
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.
Frost nail
a nail with a sharp head driven into a horse's shoe to keep him from slipping.
- Knight.
Frost smoke
an appearance resembling smoke, caused by congelation of vapor in the atmosphere in time of severe cold.
The brig and the ice round her are covered by a strange black
obscurity: it is the frost smoke of arctic winters.
- Kane.
v. t.1.To injure by frost; to freeze, as plants.
[imp. & p. p. Frosted; p. pr. & vb. n. Frosting.]
2.To cover with hoarfrost; to produce a surface resembling frost upon, as upon cake, metals, or glass; as, glass may be frosted by exposure to hydrofluoric acid.
While with a hoary light she frosts the ground.
- Wordsworth.
3.To roughen or sharpen, as the nail heads or calks of horseshoes, so as to fit them for frosty weather.

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