Haze vs Frost - What's the difference?

haze | frost |

As a noun haze

is .

As a proper noun frost is




(wikipedia haze)

Alternative forms

* hase

Etymology 1

* The earliest instances are of the latter part of the 17th century. * Possibly * Compare (etyl)


  • (uncountable) Very fine solid particles (smoke, dust) or liquid droplets (moisture) suspended in the air, slightly limiting visibility.
  • * 1772 December, James Cook, , vol. 1 ch. 2:
  • Our hopes, however, soon vanished; for before eight o'clock, the serenity of the sky was changed into a thick haze , accompanied with rain.
  • * 1895 , H.G. Wells, :
  • A blue haze , half dust, half mist, touched the long valley with mystery.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze ” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia.}}
  • (uncountable) A reduction of transparency of a clear gas or liquid.
  • An analogous dullness on a surface that is ideally highly reflective or transparent.
  • (uncountable, figuratively) Any state suggestive of haze in the atmosphere, such as mental confusion or vagueness of memory.
  • * 1957 , (Daphne du Maurier), [http://books.google.com/books?id=cf4-iVG03pEC], ISBN 081221725X, page 218:
  • In my haze of alcohol, I thought for one crazy instant that he had plumbed my secret.
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  • (uncountable, engineering, packaging) The degree of cloudiness or turbidity in a clear glass or plastic, measured in percent.
  • * 1998 , Leonard I. Nass and Charles A. Heiberger, Encyclopedia of PVC [http://books.google.com/books?id=mDe7EidmglIC&], ISBN 0824778227, page 318:
  • Haze is listed as a percent value and, typically, is about 1% for meat film.
  • (countable, brewing) Any substance causing turbidity in beer or wine.
  • * 1985 , Philip Jackisch, Modern Winemaking [http://books.google.com/books?id=Zf-24UvvT4oC], ISBN 0801414555, page 69:
  • Various clarifying and fining agents are used in winemaking to remove hazes .
    Derived terms
    * haze over * hazy


  • To be hazy, or thick with haze.
  • (Ray)

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from


  • (US, informal) To perform an unpleasant initiation ritual upon a usually non-consenting individual, especially freshmen to a closed community such as a college or military unit.
  • To oppress or harass by forcing to do hard and unnecessary work.
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter I:
  • References



    (wikipedia frost)


  • A cover of minute ice crystals on objects that are exposed to the air. Frost is formed by the same process as dew, except that the temperature of the frosted object is below freezing.
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 47.
  • It is more probable, in almost every country of Europe, that there will be frost sometime in January, than that the weather will continue open throughout that whole month;
  • The cold weather that causes these ice crystals to form.
  • (figurative) Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • It was one of those moments of intense feeling when the frost of the Scottish people melts like a snow-wreath.
  • (obsolete) The act of freezing; the congelation of water or other liquid.
  • Derived terms

    * black frost * degree of frost * frostbite * frostbitten * frostbound * frost-tender * frosty * hoar frost, hoarfrost * Jack Frost * permafrost * uremic frost


    (en verb)
  • To get covered with frost .
  • To coat something (e.g. a cake) with icing to resemble frost.
  • To anger or annoy.
  • I think the boss's decision frosted him, a bit.

    Derived terms

    * frosting


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