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.

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Some roads might appear clear and wet, but freezing conditions overnight have left behind patches of black ice., "Portland metro traffic Wednesday: Snowstorm leaves behind ice, treacherous conditions," 21 Feb. 2018 On a highway, black ice is made lethal by the addition of speed and surprise. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Black Ice, Near-Death, and Transcendence on I-91," 2 Apr. 2018 The accident appeared to involve black ice (the terrifying subject the writer John Seabrook had recently published an article about in The New Yorker). Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Facebook, Generator of Envy and Dread," 13 Apr. 2018 On the night after Christmas 2013, as Whitney Corby was driving to the gym in Corning, N.Y., the University at Albany lacrosse player’s car hit black ice and smashed into a tree. Richard Sherlock, STAT, "Placing more regulations on air medical services would be bad for patients," 1 May 2018 Drivers were advised to watch out for black ice areas with winter precipitation will continue this afternoon. Chris Mayhew,, "Ice day off: Winter weather isn't over yet as roads freeze," 8 Jan. 2018 The road in Parks Hill, Kentucky is covered with black ice. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "This is why the Indianapolis ice caught everyone by surprise," 24 Jan. 2018 In both cases, black ice in a misnomer, as the surfaces are actually transparent. Julia Griffin, Scientific American, "The Magic (and Math) of Skating on Thin Ice without Falling In," 12 Mar. 2018 The National Weather Service also warns motorists to watch for black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana endures hazardously cold temperatures," 2 Jan. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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

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