follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

frostbite

[frawst-bahyt, frost-] /ˈfrɔstˌbaɪt, ˈfrɒst-/
noun
1.
injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from initial redness and tingling to gangrene.
verb (used with object), frostbit, frostbitten, frostbiting.
2.
to injure by frost or extreme cold.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; frost + bite
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for frostbite
  • He lost his nose, one hand and all of his remaining fingers to frostbite.
  • Nothing is worse than heading to a board meeting in the middle of winter with a touch of frostbite.
  • His voice outside, her hand on the coin of frostbite on his cheek, his gift of an apple.
  • Do not put ice directly on the skin, because this can cause frostbite.
  • In cold weather, wear warm socks and limit your exposure to the cold to prevent frostbite.
  • frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by that tissue being frozen.
  • Although frostbite and hypothermia are not directly related, you should know what frostbite is and how to prevent it.
  • frostbite when the body tissue freezes and damage to that tissue occurs.
  • frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas.
  • frostbite occurs when the skin tissue actually freezes.
British Dictionary definitions for frostbite

frostbite

/ˈfrɒstˌbaɪt/
noun
1.
destruction of tissues, esp those of the fingers, ears, toes, and nose, by freezing, characterized by tingling, blister formation, and gangrene
2.
(NZ) a type of small sailing dinghy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for frostbite
n.

also frost-bite, 1813, from frost (n.) + bite (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
frostbite in Medicine

frostbite frost·bite (frôst'bīt')
n.
Injury or destruction of skin and underlying tissue, most often that of the nose, ears, fingers, or toes, resulting from prolonged exposure to freezing or subfreezing temperatures.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
frostbite in Science
frostbite
  (frôst'bīt')   
Damage to a part of the body as a result of exposure to freezing temperatures. It is caused by a loss of blood supply and the formation of ice crystals in the affected body part.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for frostbite

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for frostbite

14
15
Scrabble Words With Friends