Frost vs Transparent - What's the difference?

frost | transparent |

As a proper noun frost

is .

As a noun transparent is




(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. ยง 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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    (en adjective)
  • (of a material or object) See-through, clear; having the property that light passes through it almost undisturbed, such that one can see through it clearly.
  • The waters of the lake were transparent until the factory dumped wastes there.
  • * 1897, , chapter 19,
  • "You make the glass invisible by putting it into a liquid of nearly the same refractive index; a transparent thing becomes invisible if it is put in any medium of almost the same refractive index."
  • (of a system or organization) Open]], public; having the property that theories and practices are publicly visible, thereby [[reduce, reducing the chance of corruption.
  • Obvious; readily apparent; easy to see or understand.
  • His reasons for the decision were transparent .

    Usage notes

    * The term (translucent) is similar in meaning, but describes a material or object that diffuses light as it passes through. Looking through a transparent'' substance (such as a window), one can recognize objects on the other side. Looking through a ''translucent substance (such as frosted glass), one cannot see objects clearly, only light and shadow.


    * see-through, diaphanous, clear, crystalline, limpid * (obvious) apparent, clear, obvious


    * opaque * (obvious) obscure, opaque

    Derived terms

    * transparently * nontransparent

    Coordinate terms

    * translucent