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

Definition of deice

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from deice

deicer noun

Examples of deice in a Sentence

We watched while they deiced the plane before takeoff.

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First departures of the day can generally be deiced and on their way. WSJ, "Boston Logan International Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From BOS," 14 Nov. 2018 One example: Delta spent more than $20 million last year to buy a dozen additional deicing trucks in Atlanta and build more deicing pads where airplanes get sprayed with chemicals that are collected in drains. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best and Worst U.S. Airlines of 2018," 16 Jan. 2019 The biggest factor in flight delays at Denver is deicing. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Denver: The WSJ Airport Rankings’ Rocky Mountain High-Scorer," 14 Nov. 2018 Last winter, deicing fluid infiltrated some of the antennas and disrupted Wi-Fi service on board. Ally Marotti,, "Gogo lays off 55 as it seeks to turn around struggling in-flight Wi-Fi business," 13 July 2018 Airline delays and flight cancellations related to deicing operations and poor visibility are likely at the major hubs from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Wild weather: Record cold, snow for central, eastern U.S.; Pineapple Express to soak West," 5 Apr. 2018 The airline’s hubs in Philadelphia and Chicago O’Hare each had to deice planes on 80 days during the quarter, according to President Robert Isom. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "DOT on-time ratings: Legacy carriers more reliable in latest report," 26 Apr. 2018 Light snow falling at Noon, aircraft deicing ongoing. Michael Boren,, "Philadelphia snow updates: Latest on weather forecast, school closings," 20 Mar. 2018 In addition to groundwater pumping, paved surfaces and deicing road salts have increased salt concentrations in bodies of freshwater across the United States, threatening the state of our drinking water at vast scales. Theresa Laverty, Smithsonian, "Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Way," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of deice

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deice was in 1934

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English Language Learners Definition of deice

: to remove ice from (something)

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