dry ice


Definition of dry ice

: solidified carbon dioxide

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New York City’s $32 million effort to reduce its rat population includes reducing their food supply with impenetrable garbage cans and smoking them out of their burrows with dry ice. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New City Rat Controls Put a Chill on Population Growth," 6 Apr. 2019 Our order was still frozen upon arrival, but the dry ice had pretty much melted. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Crowd Cow website lets you meet your beef. Worth the price for Memorial Day barbecue?," 22 May 2018 The dry ice belonged to an ice cream salesman, KOMO reported, citing the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Dry ice left in car leaves 1 dead, 1 in critical condition: report," 31 July 2018 Grapes for Copper Cane’s pinot noirs are grown in three Oregon wine regions and trucked in dry ice to California. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Oregon seeing red in its dispute with California winery," 28 Nov. 2018 Stock up on no-water antibacterial wipes, matches, disposable cutlery, plastic wrap and dry ice so that everyone can eat and drink, free from harm. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence-proof your kitchen with these three tips," 13 Sep. 2018 Baja Blast mocktails, cheese fries chilled on dry ice, and, yes, those tiny, tiny gourmet chip platters all made appearances on your dinner table as a pianist upstairs serenaded you with jaunty renditions of the Folgers and Oscar Mayer jingles. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Purge supplies, Clone Wars tears, and shrimp cocktail carousels: the best things we saw at San Diego Comic-Con 2018," 23 July 2018 For people in the ice cream business, dealing with dry ice can be an occupational hazard. Antonia Farzan, The Seattle Times, "Dry ice exposure leads to death of Dippin’ Dots deliveryman’s mother in Pierce County," 31 July 2018 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

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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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