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 Watch for reflections that warn of black ice that can lurk on highways and road that run below overpasses. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2021 On a cold morning in Ketchikan in early January 2020, Jeff Lund witnessed a vehicle in front of him spin out on black ice, going one and a half full turns before halting. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021 The Weather Service says black ice is possible through sunrise. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 The Blazer hit a stretch of black ice and flipped more than a dozen times on the interstate outside Norfolk. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 28 June 2021 This glossy surface is your indication of potential black ice. Leigh Morgan, al, 15 Feb. 2021 Not being able to see black ice or not knowing there’s going to be ice underneath a fresh layer of snow is extremely problematic. Chris Hachey, BGR, 11 June 2021 The Weather Service says there have been several reports of patchy black ice on roads in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Portage and Summit counties. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 The Wyoming Highway Patrol said that Star was heading northbound on Hat Six Road when his pink Rolls Royce SUV hit black ice and flipped over three times. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of black ice

1961, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2021

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“Black ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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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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