frosting

[fraw-sting, fros-ting]
noun
1.
a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing.
2.
a dull or lusterless finish, as on metal or glass.
3.
a process of highlighting the hair by bleaching selected strands.
4.
a material used for decorative work, as signs, displays, etc., made from coarse flakes of powdered glass.
Idioms
5.
the frosting on the cake, something added to make a thing better or more desirable. Also, icing on the cake.

Origin:
1610–20; frost + -ing1

nonfrosting, adjective
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frost

[frawst, frost]
noun
1.
a degree or state of coldness sufficient to cause the freezing of water.
2.
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 freezing point.
3.
the act or process of freezing.
4.
coldness of manner or temperament: We noticed a definite frost in his greeting.
5.
Informal. a coolness between persons.
6.
Informal. something that meets with lack of enthusiasm, as a theatrical performance or party; failure; flop.
7.
a milk shake, frappe, or similar drink: a chocolate frost.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cover with frost.
9.
to give a frostlike surface to (glass, metal, etc.).
10.
to ice (a cake, cookies, etc.).
11.
to bleach selected strands of (a person's hair) in order to create highlights.
12.
to kill or injure by frost: a freezing rain that badly frosted the tomato plants.
13.
to make angry: I was frosted by his critical comment.
verb (used without object)
14.
to become covered with frost or freeze (often followed by up or over ): The windshield has frosted over.
15.
(of varnish, paint, etc.) to dry with a film resembling frost.
Idioms
16.
degree of frost, British. the degree of temperature Fahrenheit below the freezing point: 10 degrees of frost is equivalent to 22°F.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English frost, forst; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse frost; akin to freeze

frostless, adjective
frostlike, adjective
unfrost, verb (used with object)


4. aloofness, coolness, distance, remoteness.
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frost (frɒst)
 
n
1.  See also hoarfrost a white deposit of ice particles, esp one formed on objects out of doors at night
2.  an atmospheric temperature of below freezing point, characterized by the production of this deposit
3.  degrees below freezing point: eight degrees of frost indicates a temperature of either --8°C or 24°F
4.  informal something given a cold reception; failure
5.  informal coolness of manner
6.  the act of freezing
 
vb
7.  to cover or be covered with frost
8.  (tr) to give a frostlike appearance to (glass, etc), as by means of a fine-grained surface
9.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) to decorate (cakes, etc) with icing or frosting
10.  (tr) to kill or damage (crops, etc) with frost
 
[Old English frost; related to Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German frost; see freeze]
 
'frostlike
 
adj

Frost (frɒst)
 
n
1.  Sir David (Paradine). born 1939, British television presenter and executive, noted esp for political interviews
2.  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)

frosting (ˈfrɒstɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a soft icing based on sugar and egg whites
2.  Also called: icing a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc
3.  a rough or matt finish on glass, silver, etc
4.  slang the practice of stealing a car while the owner has left it idling to defrost the windows and heat the engine

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Word Origin & History

frost
O.E. forst, frost "a freezing, becoming frozen, extreme cold," from P.Gmc. *frusta- (cf. O.H.G. frost, Du. vorst), related to freosan "to freeze."

frosting
1610s as an action; 1750s as a substance; meaning "cake icing" is from 1858; from prp. of frost.
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Medical Dictionary

frost (frôst)
n.
A deposit of minute ice crystals formed when water vapor condenses at a temperature below freezing.

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Science Dictionary
frost   (frôst)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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Slang Dictionary

frost definition


  1. tv.
    to make someone angry. (See also frosted (over).) : The little car frosted me by zooming into my parking place.
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Bible Dictionary

Frost definition


(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.

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Example sentences
If icing hardens too much while frosting cake, set back on low heat and stir until it is spreadable.
Plates were decked out with squiggles of frosting depicting fish and other creatures.
Could be the fats and eggs in the cake and fats in the frosting.
To make frosting sift cocoa and confectioner's sugar, add margarine and enough
  milk until a smooth frosting is made.
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