noun, often attributive
\ ˈīs How to pronounce ice (audio) \

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


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


abbreviation (1)

Definition of Ice (Entry 4 of 5)



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. —
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


iceless \ ˈīs-​ləs How to pronounce iceless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ice in a Sentence


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.


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

Break the ice and start the memories flowing with a taste that will bring childhood back. Susan Spencer, Woman's Day, "10 Activities to Do With Teenagers When They're Being, Well, Teenagers," 3 Sep. 2019 Vanschoorisse plays the pivot position up front and finished with three goals, including the opening game’s first goal to break the ice. Glenn Graham,, "McDonogh’s Will McManus, Eastern Tech’s Brooke Vanschoorisse a hit with U.S. futsal national teams in Argentina," 26 Aug. 2019 Her Showing at the Winter Olympics Subban was drafted into the NHL in 2007 by the Montreal Canadiens, and became a fan favorite for his performance on the ice, and off of it. Elizabeth Leonard,, "Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn Is Engaged to Hockey Star P.K. Subban," 23 Aug. 2019 From Christmas markets and ice skating to festive afternoon tea, London is the perfect place to spend your holiday vacation. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Things to Do in London At Christmas Time," 15 Aug. 2019 As a child, Mallu, a young man from the village of Ungaziq, had learned how to hunt walruses on the sea ice. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 The soot emitted from the fires could deposit on Arctic ice, speed up its melting rate and ultimately releasing more greenhouse gases that accelerate global warming. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Crisis averted — kind of," 2 Aug. 2019 According to news reports, Dan Coats is on thin ice with his boss, Trump. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Trust the process, &c.," 29 July 2019 After astronaut training, Dr. Auñón-Chancellor spent two months in Antarctica searching for meteorites, living on the ice some 200 nautical miles from the South Pole. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Meet these 12 astronauts — each from Indiana," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Tuesday’s announcement torpedoes those plans to tie the government’s hands, icing Parliament for the majority of the remainder of the time left before Oct. 31. Fox News, "'Bumbling' Boris Johnson shows his ruthless streak with dramatic step closer to sealing Brexit," 29 Aug. 2019 With their newfound traction on the slick, iced-over field, the Giants scored four touchdowns in fourth quarter and won 30-13. Kori Rumore,, "In 1935, the Chicago Bears were looking to prove their legitimacy -- by taking on a team of college players," 28 Aug. 2019 Photos taken on his second birthday show him sitting at home in a booster seat, sampling a dollop of green icing before bringing the entire cupcake to his mouth. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Between his first birthday and his fourth, his family went from fearing a funeral to planning an ‘incredible’ surprise," 28 Aug. 2019 Constellation Brands’ Svedka launched orange cream pop and strawberry colada vodkas around the same time Smirnoff debuted iced cake and kissed caramel. Fortune, "Goodbye, Orange Creamsicle Vodka: Brands Like Absolut and Ketel One Want to Get In on the Wellness Movement," 24 Aug. 2019 Hartley scored all 16 of her points in the second half, including six straight free throws to ice the game with the Fever forced to foul. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Despite career high from Teaira McCowan, host Fever lose to Liberty," 20 Aug. 2019 Options include decorating sugar, sanding sugar, icing sugar and turbinado sugar, all available in most baking aisles. Dallas News, "Fort Worth foodies and TCU football fans team up for 'Texas Tailgate Cookbook'," 20 Aug. 2019 The Mercury countered with four straight points before Williams and Jones iced the game with six of their own. Alex Putterman,, "Connecticut Sun stretch winning streak to six thanks to clutch buckets from Courtney Williams," 2 Aug. 2019 The best-selling House Coffee ($3.95/$4.70) is a creamy Vietnamese-style iced coffee with a touch of hazelnut. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "3 awesome new Bay Area tea houses," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ice


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


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

History and Etymology for ice


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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English Language Learners Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen water
: a sheet of frozen water
: cubes or pieces of ice



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
US, informal : to make winning or getting (something) certain


\ ˈīs How to pronounce ice (audio) \

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


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


\ ˈīs How to pronounce ice (audio) \

Medical Definition of ice

1 : frozen water

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Legal Definition of ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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