de·​ice (ˌ)dē-ˈīs How to pronounce deice (audio)
deiced; deicing; deices

transitive verb

: to rid or keep free of ice
deice an airplane's wings
deicer noun

Examples of deice in a Sentence

We watched while they deiced the plane before takeoff.
Recent Examples on the Web Jordan told conference attendees on Tuesday that the carrier is purchasing five deicing trucks for Denver and five for Chicago Midway. Alexandra Skores, Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2023 Workers deice an Alaska Airlines plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday, December 20. CNN, 21 Dec. 2022 Crews started deicing work at 10 a.m. Tuesday and will resume Wednesday morning. Brady Slater, Twin Cities, 2 Dec. 2019 The shed will be big enough to hold 25 snowplows and other various weather and deicing equipment. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2020 Heavy snow fell Tuesday night into early Wednesday in Minneapolis, where flights are still delayed due to deicing operations and high winds, according to the FAA’s website. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2019 Government officials said the plane underwent deicing before the flight, but Nazaraliyev recalled that the wings of the plane were covered in ice, and passengers who used emergency exits over the wings were slipping and falling down. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2019 Crews started deicing Tuesday and continued into Wednesday until temperatures warmed and ice started falling off the iconic bridge. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 5 Dec. 2019 On Tuesday delays are anticipated because of the weather and as airplanes deice before takeoff, Williams said. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, 25 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deice was in 1934

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“Deice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


de·​ice (ˈ)dē-ˈīs How to pronounce deice (audio)
: to keep free or rid of ice
deicer noun

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