black ice

noun

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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Just minutes before Meister and a friend were slated to arrive, the car hit a patch of black ice, causing the vehicle to tip over and roll on the passenger side where Meister was seated. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Indiana man survives internal decapitation years after beating brain cancer: 'Our boy is a miracle'," 3 Aug. 2018 So the air temperature could be 35, but the road beneath it might be more like 30 degrees, which leads to instant black ice. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Cold again tonight. Freezing rain likely to cause travel headaches Monday evening.," 7 Jan. 2018 Some roads might appear clear and wet, but freezing conditions overnight have left behind patches of black ice. OregonLive.com, "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, Cincinnati.com, "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

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First Known Use of black ice

1961, in the meaning defined above

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black ice

noun

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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