frosting on the cake

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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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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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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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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frosting on the cake

see icing on the cake.

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