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frosting

[fraw-sting, fros-ting] /ˈfrɔ stɪŋ, ˈfrɒs tɪŋ/
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
1610-1620
1610-20; frost + -ing1
Related forms
nonfrosting, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for frosting the cake

frosting

/ˈfrɒstɪŋ/
noun
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 and History for frosting the cake

frosting

n.

1610s as an action; 1756 as a substance; meaning "cake icing" is from 1858; verbal noun from frost (v.).

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