from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A white coating of ice crystals formed by sublimation of atmospheric water vapor on a surface.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun White frost. See
hoar, a., and frost.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The white particles formed by the congelation of dew; white frost.
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Dew- dropswhich have undergone depositionand frozeninto ice crystalsto form a white depositon an exposed surface, when the air is coldand moist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
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I did have to look it up, not sure myself, but the explanation was simple really, frozen dew, but the word hoarfrost sounds much more mystical.
The Artemisia reef, what a fun thing…I love the word hoarfrost, too.
Having a hoarfrost is my absolute favorite thing about winter.
With the rarity of dew, that of hoarfrost which is nothing but frozen dew, may be associated; nor does hoarfrost often occur, because in Khorassan it rains in the winter too freely, particularly in all such places whose elevation is not sufficient to cause the formation of snow, and hence where other circumstances are favourable for hoarfrosts, _they are too much watered_ as it were, and seldom occur.
In that year, Dr Joseph Wright printed the fifth volume of the _English Dialect Dictionary_, showing that in the dialects of Scotland, Northumberland, Durham, and Yorkshire, the word for "hoarfrost" is not _rime_, but _rind_, with a derived adjective
Are those miniature street lamps beside hoarfrost coated trees?
This morning I woke up to fog filling the air and hoarfrost on the bare trees; looking at this beautiful site, I took a deep breath and a found a large smile upon my face.
Yet all sorts of hoarfrost may still come this way.
A few days last week we had some freezing fog early in the morning, which leads to hoarfrost.
The hoarfrost on the cars and the asphalt street, the century-old, dormant trees, are all as still as the night.