Meaning of FROST in English

FROST

n. & v.

--n.

1. a (also white frost) a white frozen dew coating esp. the ground at night (windows covered with frost). b a consistent temperature below freezing-point causing frost to form.

2 a chilling dispiriting atmosphere.

3 sl. a failure.

--v.

1. intr. (usu. foll. by over, up) become covered with frost.

2 tr. a cover with or as if with frost, powder, etc. b injure (a plant etc.) with frost.

3 tr. give a roughened or finely granulated surface to (glass, metal) (frosted glass).

4 tr. US cover or decorate (a cake etc.) with icing.

Phrases and idioms:

black frost a frost without white dew. degrees of frost Brit. degrees below freezing-point (ten degrees of frost tonight). frost-work tracery made by frost on glass etc.

Derivatives:

frostless adj.

Etymology: OE f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.