ice

noun, often attributive
\ ˈīs \

Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : frozen water
b : a sheet or stretch of ice
2 : a substance resembling ice especially : the solid state of a substance usually found as a gas or liquid ammonia ice in the rings of Saturn
3 : a state of coldness (as from formality or reserve)
4a : a frozen dessert containing a flavoring (such as fruit juice) especially : one containing no milk or cream
b British : a serving of ice cream
5 slang : diamonds broadly : jewelry
6 : an undercover premium paid to a theater employee for choice theater tickets
on ice
1 : with every likelihood of being won or accomplished
2 : in reserve or safekeeping
on thin ice
: in a precarious or risky situation

ice

verb
iced; icing

Definition of ice (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to coat with or convert into ice
b : to chill with ice
c : to supply with ice
2 : to cover with or as if with icing
3 : to put on ice
4 : secure sense 1b made two free throws … to ice the win— Jack McCallum
5 : to shoot (an ice hockey puck) the length of the rink and beyond the opponents' goal line
6 slang : kill sense 1a

intransitive verb

1 : to become ice-cold
2a : to become covered with ice often used with up or over
b : to have ice form inside
\ əs\

Definition of -ice (Entry 3 of 5)

: act service : quality justice : condition cowardice

Ice

abbreviation (1)

Definition of Ice (Entry 4 of 5)

Iceland

ICE

abbreviation (2)

Definition of ICE (Entry 5 of 5)

1 Immigration and Customs Enforcement In March 2003, the Homeland Security Act set into motion what would be the single-largest government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense. One of the agencies in the new Department of Homeland Security was the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, now known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. — www.ice.gov/history
2 in case of emergency Enter an ICE (in case of emergency) listing in the address book of your cell phone. Place the ICE acronym next to a person who can assist emergency workers if any important medical decisions need to be made.— Andrew Weil
3 internal combustion engine
4 International Cultural Exchange

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Other Words from ice

Noun

iceless \ ˈīs-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of ice in a Sentence

Noun

The steps were coated with ice. Ice formed on the car's windows. The ice melted quickly in the hot sun. She skated out onto the ice. He almost fell through a hole in the ice. Fill the glass with ice. He gave her some ice for her birthday.

Verb

Ice the glasses before you fill them. with that win, the team has pretty much iced a spot in the play-offs
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sea ice keeps a lid on the warmer (relatively speaking) seas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Greenland’s melting snow makes new hockey stick (graph)," 9 Dec. 2018 And, as the weather gets colder, there is so much more to cover: how to winter-proof your car, how to drive cautiously in ice and snow, and how to trouble-shoot cold-weather problems. Jasmin Radoncic, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Jumper Cables and Jump Start a Car the Right Way," 5 Dec. 2018 The recipe is straightforward: Fill a highball glass to the brim with ice. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why You Should Be Drinking Japanese Whiskey Now," 15 Nov. 2018 Researchers have looked to the skies, in seawater and in ice for them. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Make the Old-Fashioned: Place bourbon, Orange-Thyme Simple Syrup (recipe below), and Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker; top with ice. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Orange-Thyme Old-Fashioned," 31 Oct. 2018 Moody was on the BBE bench with ice on his left foot. Aaron Reiss And Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou basketball’s most-coveted 2019 prospect has a new potential suitor: Duke," 12 July 2018 Does the ice symbolize the White Walkers and the Army of the Dead? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Is Here and Fans Already Have Theories," 7 Dec. 2018 And my guess is, when the puck drops at KeyArena, the only thing hanging over the ice will be empty space the new franchise hopes to fill on its own merit. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Reviving ‘Metropolitans’ name for NHL could work, but might want to skip that 1917 Stanley Cup banner," 15 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In some ways, this makes the climate benefits icing on the cake to me. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 The cake, by Betsy Thorleifson of Nine Cakes, echoed the invite—a confection iced in broad yellow buttercream brushstrokes, topped with the most exquisite sugar peony flowers and green leaves. Thessaly La Force, Vogue, "The Bride Wore Simone Rocha for Her New York City Secret-Garden Wedding," 7 Nov. 2018 The weather service is also warning that rain and thunderstorms and temperatures close to freezing north of Milwaukee and Madison will likely create icing in the Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Wisconsin Dells areas. Mike Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More rain, flooding possible in southern Wisconsin," 19 Feb. 2018 Some areas of the bay were iced over in the shallows. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 18," 17 Jan. 2018 Bridges and roads over any body of water should be considered prone to icing. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Ice closes Interstate 10 going through New Orleans area," 17 Jan. 2018 Afterwards, Veronica manages to sneak into the locker room where Archie is busy icing his hands. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 Games feature two 23-minute halves and all the rules of hockey, including offsides, icing and more—sans hitting—though the first rule is pretty clear: Have fun. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "NHLer-Laden Da Beauty League Returns for Third Season of Summer Hockey," 12 July 2018 Long balls from Vasghanian and Edgar Kirakosyan kept Eagle Rock trailing, 44-36, but would keep it close until Glendale iced it down the stretch. Emin Avakian, latimes.com, "Glendale boys' basketball's younger players step up to down Eagle Rock," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of ice

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for ice

Noun

Middle English is, from Old English īs; akin to Old High German īs ice, Avestan isu- icy

Noun suffix

French, suffix forming nouns from nouns and adjectives, going back to Old French -ise, -ice, partially nativized borrowing from Latin -itia, suffix forming nouns from adjectives (usually monosyllabic), extended form of -ia -ia entry 1, and -itium, forming nouns usually designating status (as servitium service entry 1) from personal nouns

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More Definitions for ice

ice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen water

: a sheet of frozen water

: cubes or pieces of ice

ice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) cold with ice

: to cover (something, such as a cake) with icing

: to make winning or getting (something) certain

ice

noun
\ ˈīs \

Kids Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : frozen water
2 : a sheet of frozen water She skated out onto the ice.
3 : a substance like ice Ammonia ice is found in the rings of Saturn.
4 : a frozen dessert usually made with sweetened fruit juice

ice

verb
iced; icing

Kids Definition of ice (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to coat or become coated with ice The roads iced up.
2 : to chill with ice Ice the glasses.
3 : to cover with icing

ice

noun
\ ˈīs \

Medical Definition of ice

1 : frozen water

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Legal Definition of ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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