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 What happens far less frequently is the confluence of several days of a snowless and largely windless freeze that results in the smooth, black ice that’s perfect for wild skating—skimming across naturally frozen, unmaintained bodies of water. Cinnamon Janzer, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Feb. 2024 When driving under conditions that may cause black ice, remember to leave plenty of time and exercise caution on bridges and overpasses. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 Motorists can forget to take it slow when conditions appear to be fine, especially in the overnight hours when black ice can be an issue for bridges and elevated roadways. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Jan. 2024 In another shot, a Paterson, New Jersey, firefighter who responded to the scene is seen sliding around on a highway covered in black ice. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 21 Dec. 2023 And black ice from freezing rain has caused widespread accidents in several areas, including Kansas City. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Over 130 vehicles skidding and jack-knifing on black ice crashed into one another on a half-mile, tollway stretch of Interstate 35, leading to six deaths. Hollace Ava Weiner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Jan. 2024 New Jersey police and emergency crews responded to a 13-car pileup on Tuesday night that was caused by black ice, injuring some motorists while a jackknifed tractor trailer leaked diesel fuel onto the highway and into the Passaic River, according to reports. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 21 Dec. 2023 And yet, the 45-year-old actor impressively proves that sneakers can also be worn in winter—provided there is no snow or black ice. Katharina Fuchs, Glamour, 23 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black ice was in 1961

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“Black ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

black ice

: a thin film of ice (as on a road) that is difficult to see
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