noun, often attributive
\ ˈīs How to pronounce ice (audio) \

Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : frozen water
b : a sheet or stretch of ice
2 : a substance resembling ice especially : the solid state of a substance usually found as a gas or liquid ammonia ice in the rings of Saturn
3 : a state of coldness (as from formality or reserve)
4a : a frozen dessert containing a flavoring (such as fruit juice) especially : one containing no milk or cream
b British : a serving of ice cream
5 slang : diamonds broadly : jewelry
6 : an undercover premium paid to a theater employee for choice theater tickets
on ice
1 : with every likelihood of being won or accomplished
2 : in reserve or safekeeping
on thin ice
: in a precarious or risky situation


iced; icing

Definition of ice (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to coat with or convert into ice
b : to chill with ice
c : to supply with ice
2 : to cover with or as if with icing
3 : to put on ice
4 : secure sense 1b made two free throws … to ice the win— Jack McCallum
5 : to shoot (an ice hockey puck) the length of the rink and beyond the opponents' goal line
6 slang : kill sense 1a

intransitive verb

1 : to become ice-cold
2a : to become covered with ice often used with up or over
b : to have ice form inside
\ əs\

Definition of -ice (Entry 3 of 5)

: act service : quality justice : condition cowardice


abbreviation (1)

Definition of Ice (Entry 4 of 5)



abbreviation (2)

Definition of ICE (Entry 5 of 5)

1 Immigration and Customs Enforcement In March 2003, the Homeland Security Act set into motion what would be the single-largest government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense. One of the agencies in the new Department of Homeland Security was the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, now known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. —
2 in case of emergency Enter an ICE (in case of emergency) listing in the address book of your cell phone. Place the ICE acronym next to a person who can assist emergency workers if any important medical decisions need to be made.— Andrew Weil
3 internal combustion engine
4 International Cultural Exchange

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Other Words from ice


iceless \ ˈīs-​ləs How to pronounce iceless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ice in a Sentence


The steps were coated with ice. Ice formed on the car's windows. The ice melted quickly in the hot sun. She skated out onto the ice. He almost fell through a hole in the ice. Fill the glass with ice. He gave her some ice for her birthday.


Ice the glasses before you fill them. with that win, the team has pretty much iced a spot in the play-offs
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here are the latest tips for summer trips across the Sierra: Tahoe Basin Echo Lakes/Desolation: Echo Lakes finally became ice-free last weekend. Tom Stienstra,, "Snow thaw means Sierra campgrounds finally opening for summer," 20 June 2019 Drip and cold brew coffee are served up next to organic ice teas. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "These Phoenix hair stylists were tired of the vacant space next to their salon. So they opened a bakery," 20 June 2019 Eventually, researchers want to send Boaty on an epic voyage, crossing under Arctic sea ice. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Results of Boaty McBoatface’s First Research Mission Published," 20 June 2019 The Home Edit team installed a bevy of lazy Susans to spin around towers of frozen treats, including ice cream cones, pints and bars; Luigi’s Italian ice cups; Menchie’s fro-yo; Spongebob push-pop popsicles and so much more. Hannah Chubb,, "Peek Inside Khloé Kardashian's Newly Organized Fridge — and Learn How to Recreate It Yourself," 19 June 2019 Volunteers will set up attractions like an ice sculpture, photo booth, hair and makeup stations, and a dance floor. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "A night to remember: Community works to create a prom for adults with disabilities," 19 June 2019 This head-on positioning, coupled with the pieces of ice floating in Saturn's rings, enhance the planet's overall brightness. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "How to Watch Saturn Cozy Up to the Moon Tonight," 18 June 2019 The texture is unbelievably creamy, without even a hint of ice crystal. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "The Hype Ice Cream I’m Willing to Wait in Long, Near-Rioting Lines For," 18 June 2019 Fresh ice freezes the neighboring water, creating a nice orderly progression across the puddle called a freeze front. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "The science behind those viral videos of freezing soap bubbles," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her major weakness, however, is iced tea and the sweetener Equal. Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 The lemon tea was polarizing; some of tasters enjoyed it as a mellower take on iced tea, while others didn’t care for it. Sunset, "Our Favorite Sparkling CBD Drinks Are Relaxation in a Can," 22 Jan. 2018 On the night of his 27th birthday, Heaney iced the Royals more than once. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals are one-hit by Andrew Heaney in second straight loss to Angels," 5 June 2018 But Davis iced the game away in the final seconds the way superstars are supposed to on the biggest stage. William Guillory,, "Anthony Davis feels unburdened after earning first career playoff win," 15 Apr. 2018 As any doughnut lover knows, happiness is chocolate-iced, custard-filled, or apple frittered deliciousness. Southern Living, "You're Going to Love Krispy Kreme's St. Patrick's Day Doughnuts," 12 Mar. 2018 To make ahead, store all the cookies at room temperature (using wax paper between layers of iced, frosted or filled cookies) for up to 2 weeks. Woman's Day, "Stained Glass Cookies," 29 Nov. 2011 And after an exciting day spent horseback riding and clay shooting, the outdoor shower was icing on the cake. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 The fact that rental is a more sustainable form of consumption was simply icing on the cake. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Need a New Dress for Awards Season—or Just Friday Night Dinner? Rent It at Armarium and Eco-Age’s Pop-Up in Los Angeles," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of ice


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for ice


Middle English is, from Old English īs; akin to Old High German īs ice, Avestan isu- icy

Noun suffix

French, suffix forming nouns from nouns and adjectives, going back to Old French -ise, -ice, partially nativized borrowing from Latin -itia, suffix forming nouns from adjectives (usually monosyllabic), extended form of -ia -ia entry 1, and -itium, forming nouns usually designating status (as servitium service entry 1) from personal nouns

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English Language Learners Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen water
: a sheet of frozen water
: cubes or pieces of ice



English Language Learners Definition of ice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) cold with ice
: to cover (something, such as a cake) with icing
US, informal : to make winning or getting (something) certain


\ ˈīs How to pronounce ice (audio) \

Kids Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : frozen water
2 : a sheet of frozen water She skated out onto the ice.
3 : a substance like ice Ammonia ice is found in the rings of Saturn.
4 : a frozen dessert usually made with sweetened fruit juice


iced; icing

Kids Definition of ice (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to coat or become coated with ice The roads iced up.
2 : to chill with ice Ice the glasses.
3 : to cover with icing


\ ˈīs How to pronounce ice (audio) \

Medical Definition of ice

1 : frozen water

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Legal Definition of ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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