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icicle

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noun ici·cle \ˈī-ˌsi-kəl\

Simple Definition of icicle

  • : a hanging piece of ice formed when water freezes as it drips down from something (such as a roof)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of icicle

  1. 1 :  a pendent mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water

  2. 2 :  an emotionally cold person

  3. 3 :  a long narrow strip (as of foil) used to decorate a Christmas tree

Examples of icicle in a sentence

  1. <his wife is such an icicle you're lucky to get so much as a greeting from her>



Origin of icicle

Middle English isikel, from is ice + ikel icicle, from Old English gicel; akin to Old High German ihilla icicle, Middle Irish aig ice


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with icicle


ICICLE Defined for Kids

icicle

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noun ici·cle \ˈī-ˌsi-kəl\

Definition of icicle for Students

  1. :  a hanging piece of ice formed from dripping water as it freezes





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