from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bound or confined by frost.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of the ground) made hard by frost


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  • On one of the lakes a swan was asleep; its long back was white as the snow of the frost-bound steppes, while glow-worms gleamed like diamonds in the bluish shadow at the base of a statue.

    Dream tales and prose poems

  • Uncle John Stewart is a type of a New Englander not often found in frost-bound latitudes.

    St. Vincent Boom Times, Part I

  • But Lord Evandale is a malignant, of heart like flint, and brow like adamant; the goods of the world fall on him like leaves on the frost-bound earth, and unmoved he will see them whirled off by the first wind.

    Old Mortality

  • And then two of them died, and she went forth herself to see them laid under the frost-bound sod, lest he should faint in his work over their graves.

    Framley Parsonage

  • The Parsonage stands alone in the midst of the frost-bound fields.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • Amidst all this wealth of nature and in this perennial summer heat I quite fail to realize that it is January, and that with you the withered plants are shriveling in the frost-bound earth, and that leafless twigs and the needles of half-starved pines are shivering under the stars in the aurora-lighted winter nights.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • Bang, bang! went the first sleigh over a cradle hole in the snow of the road, and each of the other sleighs jolted in the same way, and rudely breaking the frost-bound stillness, the troykas began to speed along the road, one after the other.

    War and Peace

  • The author brings out with sure touch and deep understanding the mystery and poetry of the still, frost-bound forest.

    At the Time Appointed

  • From every hillside, from every frost-bound plain, the smoke of spring arose, and through the air there breathed the spirit of the reincarnated life of the world.

    The Tory Maid

  • The ground was covered with snow to the depth of several inches, and the roads were, for the most part, frost-bound.

    Three years in France with the Guns: Being Episodes in the life of a Field Battery


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