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

The backlash began after David posted a photo of him and his 7-year-old daughter having fun at an ice skating rink and giving each other a small peck on the lips (back in 2017, David was blasted by critics for sharing a similar picture). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tom Brady Defends David Beckham After He Gets Slammed for Kissing Daughter," 28 Nov. 2018 There is ice skating, snowshoeing, boutique shopping, and pampering spas. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Stephanie Coston, operations manager for the Square's holiday celebrations, said the money was left over from paid yuletide events like the ice skating rink and pictures with Santa. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Santa will be on the Marietta Square sweating it up on Saturday," 12 July 2018 This is much like the scoring system in gymnastics or ice skating. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy jumpers excel in competition," 10 July 2018 But the renovation plans, city officials said in a statement, will also cancel Boston Winter, a holiday market and an ice skating rink that had been a centerpiece of Walsh’s efforts to enliven City Hall Plaza as a new gathering space. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Winter is canceled amid plans to renovate City Hall Plaza," 3 July 2018 Last year, the Green Bay Packers started building Titletown, a mixed-use development with an ice skating rink, medical offices, stores and a hotel next to their stadium. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL teams are building state-of-the-art practice palaces. Is 'Panthers Park' coming?," 28 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Videos, in which cookies are piped and flooded with icing with mesmerizing precision, pull down millions of views. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 If rain or snow starts to fall, the Mobi-Wize software should be able to predict which parts of the road will ice over the fastest. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This startup helps self-driving cars literally feel the road," 11 Sep. 2018 The university said necessary because students were throwing snowballs and resident halls and iced over snow balls were posing dangers to others. Fox News, "Media coverage of Mollie Tibbetts' murder," 23 Aug. 2018 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

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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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