black ice


Definition of black ice

: a nearly transparent film of ice on a dark surface (such as a paved road or a body of water) that is difficult to see

Examples of black ice in a Sentence

Drivers should beware of black ice.
Recent Examples on the Web Even from Denver northward, be on the lookout for patchy black ice from last night's snow that melted and refroze on roads and sidewalks. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Sunny skies Tuesday with a chance of snow through Wednesday," 18 Feb. 2020 With it, the storm brings dangerous conditions for drivers, with black ice and accumulating snow likely on the roads. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A winter storm stretching across the South could bring dangerous conditions for drivers," 20 Feb. 2020 Winter weather advisories are in place in and around Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday morning for the threat of black ice. Samantha Wnek, ABC News, "Midwest, East coast temperatures turn mild as storms forecasted for West coast," 22 Feb. 2020 Manipulating a vehicle in wintry conditions -- think black ice! -- can confound even experienced drivers. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "What I learned about driving on ice near the Arctic Circle," 15 Feb. 2020 Cryptocurrency traders shatter their wrists slipping on black ice after too many glasses of $5,000-a-bottle wine. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "Will Davos save the world, or put it out of its misery?," 24 Jan. 2020 All of these locations are hot spots for black ice. Indianapolis Star, "Man killed, woman seriously injured after car crashes into pond on north side," 18 Jan. 2020 Folks are dealing with black ice and whiteout conditions. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "Fast-moving winter storm delays travelers across the U.S.," 17 Jan. 2020 The car had slid on black ice, causing the driver to lose control and crash into the river., "Etre jumped into the river, broke the rear window of the car, and helped the female escape before the car became fully submerged.," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of black ice

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Black ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of black ice

: a thin layer of ice on a paved road that is very difficult to see

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