ice

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

ice

verb
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

Ice

abbreviation (1)

Definition of Ice (Entry 4 of 5)

Iceland

ICE

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. — www.ice.gov/history
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

Noun

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

Examples of ice in a Sentence

Noun

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.

Verb

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

The hit was more a love tap, a Hey kid, that sucked for you, didn’t it?—but Binnington fell to the ice, supporting himself on the frame of the goal, left knee buckling, then right. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "At His Best and Worst, Jordan Binnington Reveals How He Has Stabilized the Blues," 4 June 2019 When ready to serve, fill each mason jar with ice, cover, and shake to dissolve sugar, then top with club soda. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mason Jar Citrus Coolers," 20 May 2019 Freeze dried dragonfruit pieces, coconut milk, and ice, mixed into a bunch of fruit juice and concentrate. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "I Tried The New “Dragon Drink” From Starbucks So You Don’t Have To," 2 May 2019 Winter comes with snow, ice, and salt, spring brings rain and dirt, summer adds on chlorine and salt water, and fall brings more dirt and leaves. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's Exactly How To Maintain Wood Floors," 23 Jan. 2019 These can be handled via a brief application of ice, topical steroids like 1 percent hydrocortisone (available without a prescription), and oral antihistamines, which can help reduce the itching. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018 Health officials advise all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "About 4,000 lose water in three cities," 6 July 2018 However, ice baths after a particularly hot workout or when the athlete is overheated do seem to be helpful. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "10 Things to Do Before and After a Workout to Get Better Results," 3 Jan. 2019 According to the Daily Mail, England's medical team are confident the issue was nothing more than cramp and have prescribed regular ice baths and massages to best prepare the Tottenham man for the quarter final showdown on Saturday. SI.com, "England Handed Harry Kane Boost But Others Remain Major Injury Doubts for Sweden Clash," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, NOLA.com, "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 The fact that he was born in Lawrence and spent his formative years in Boston and environs is mere icing on the 100-candle cake. Marc Hirsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Rays of sunshine from Bernstein and Grammer in Pops season opener," 10 May 2018 Offering to wash the dishes becomes the icing on the perfect guest cake. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Do This One Simple Thing to Be the Perfect Dinner Guest," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ice

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for ice

Noun

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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ice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ice

verb

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

ice

noun
\ 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

ice

verb
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

ice

noun
\ 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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