dry ice


Definition of dry ice 

: solidified carbon dioxide

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If dry ice isn't available, look for block ice will which also last longer. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Pack a Cooler," 2 Apr. 2018 Shortly before the race began in the late afternoon, pit crews shoveled nuggets of dry ice directly into the air intakes of the racecars to keep batteries cool. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Racing Series Helps Show the Way to a Battery-Powered Future," 5 July 2018 The group used about $150 worth of dry ice and killed over 90 rats. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 ways to get rid of rats without poison," 6 June 2018 The frozen research material appears to have been pushed out of the transport container, after the latch failed, due to pressure from a secondary interior container holding dry ice, Willis said. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Tuberculosis spilled at Hopkins because latch failed," 7 July 2018 It is shaken and is served with a strawberry aromatic fog utilizing dry ice layered on top. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Elixr's new coffee roastery will feature an 'omakase' bar," 21 May 2018 Geoduck, sea urchin and citrus work in unison in a delicate rice tart that comes to the table under a glass dome white from dry ice. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 Dozens more bodies were shrouded in white plastic on wooden pallets, and workers used fans and dry ice to cool the space. Sonia Perez D., chicagotribune.com, "Grim task as forensic experts ID Guatemala volcano victims; death toll hits 110," 8 June 2018 Dinner starts off with a complimentary palate cleansing grapefruit granita (made with tequila and dry ice) and ends with a whimsical spin on cotton candy with pop-rocks sprinkled on top. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Drink in Boston," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of dry ice

1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dry ice

: solid carbon dioxide that is used mainly to keep food and other things cold and to create the appearance of smoke and fog in plays, movies, etc.

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Kids Definition of dry ice

: solidified carbon dioxide used chiefly to keep something very cold

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