American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- White: as, hoar frost (see hoar-frost); hoar cliffs.
- Gray, as with age; hoary: as, hoar locks.
- Hence Old; ancient; antique.
- Moldy; musty.
- n. Hoariness; antiquity.
- To become white or hoar.
- To become moldy or musty.
- To make white or hoary.
- n. A white or greyish-white colour.
- adj. Of a white or greyish-white colour.
- adj. poetic Hoarily bearded.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To become mouldy or musty.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. White, or grayish white.
- adj. Gray or white with age; hoary.
- adj. obsolete Musty; moldy; stale.
- n. rare Hoariness; antiquity.
- v. obsolete To become moldy or musty.
- adj. showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
- n. ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
- From Middle English hore, from Old English hār ("hoar, hoary, grey, old"), from Proto-Germanic *hairaz (“grey”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱēy(w)-, *ḱyē(w)- (“grey”). Cognate with German hehr ("noble, sublime"), Latin caerulus, caeruleus ("deep blue, cerulean"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hor, from Old English hār. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thanks for the kind words, the term hoar frost has an ancient ring to it to my ears and the landscape is beautiful, but I NEED to go outside and piddle around for my mental and physical health.”
“This vapor rising around the stem of the plant, and attracted by it, becomes congealed into what we term hoar-frost, in numerous forms; some like shellwork, others like tulips, with radiated petals, variously contorted, and often as symmetrical as snowflake crystals.”
“In this high realm floating water is probably in the frozen state, answering to the form of dew, which we call hoar frost.”
“This deposit of ice crystals is known as hoar frost and may sometimes be so thick that it might look like snow.”
“The frost that formed in some areas overnight is formally called hoar frost, which the NWS defines as "a deposit of interlocking ice crystals formed by direct sublimation on objects, usually those small in diameter freely exposed to the air, such as tree branches.”
“In November, the grand half-globular tufts of rigid dark green foliage are delicately furnished with a whitish exudation, which, seen through a magnifying glass, resembles scales, but seen by the naked eye -- and it can be clearly seen without stooping -- it gives the idea of hoar frost.”
“It is; and the freezing of the watery vapour which the atmospheric heat could not dissolve, produces what is called a hoar frost; for the particles descend in freezing, and attach themselves to whatever they meet with on the surface of the earth.”
“(also called hoar frost or hoarfrost) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air”
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