Frost

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frost

  1. The fuzzy layer of ice crystals on a cold object, such as a window or bridge, that forms by direct deposition of water vapor to solid ice.

  2. The condition that exists when the temperature of the earth's surface and earthbound objects fall below freezing.

    Depending upon the actual values of ambient-air temperature, dewpoint, and the temperature attained by surface objects, frost may occur in a variety of forms. These include a general freeze, hoarfrost (or white frost), and dry freeze (or black frost). If a frost period is sufficiently severe to end the growing season (or delay its beginning), it is commonly referred to as a killing frost.
    See frost day, ground frost.


  3. Same as hoarfrost.


    Compare rime.

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