ice pack


Definition of ice pack

1 : an expanse of pack ice
2 : a bag or other container filled with frozen material (such as crushed ice) and applied to a body part (as to relieve pain or reduce swelling)

Examples of ice pack in a Sentence

He had an ice pack on his sore elbow.
Recent Examples on the Web Since December, A68a has continued moving north, and is approaching the edge of the perennial Antarctic ice pack, Dr. Luckman said. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, "Treacherous Antarctic Waters Open Up, Just Briefly," 12 Feb. 2020 By April 2016, after the discovery of the ice pack caches, the FBI had made contact with Kourani. NBC News, "Prosecutors ask life term for New York man who wanted to die waging jihad for Hezbollah," 26 Nov. 2019 If packing in a lunch box, include an ice pack to maintain the bars’ texture. NBC News, "A no-bake peanut butter energy bar with zero added sugar," 11 Feb. 2020 Pain ranges from low-level to something like daggers in my skull, forcing me to lie down in a dark room with ice packs. Kate Anderson,, "Post-Concussion Syndrome Makes It Hard for Me to Function—Here's What It's Like," 16 Dec. 2019 When a cold front with high wind scours the snow off the ice pack, footing can be treacherous. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Ways to Make Ice Fishing Easier on Your Feet," 27 Jan. 2020 Day excursion via helicopter: Hotel Madelinot offers small-group excursions via helicopter to search for the seal herd on the ice pack. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Inside the fragile world of Québec’s harp seals," 19 Dec. 2019 Kourani purchased ice packs in order to repurpose their ammonium nitrate pellets for explosives, say prosecutors. NBC News, "Prosecutors ask life term for New York man who wanted to die waging jihad for Hezbollah," 26 Nov. 2019 The woman’s son had an ice pack on his forehead where there were scratches and bruises. cleveland, "Front-yard brick throwing incident leads to charges against three females: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ice pack

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Apr 2020

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“Ice pack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ice pack

: a container or bag filled with ice that is used to cool part of your body
: a large area of ice on the ocean formed from pieces and sheets of ice that have been pushed together by wind and waves

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Medical Definition of ice pack

: crushed ice placed in a container (as an ice bag) or folded in a towel and applied to the body

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