:a ship equipped (as with a reinforced bow) to make and maintain a channel through ice
:something that is done or said to get through the first difficulties in starting a conversation or discussion
- Roughly half of all Americans are invested in the market these days, and stock holdings have replaced politics, weather and sports as the go-to conversational icebreaker.
- —Adam Bryant
— see also break the ice at 1break
- … she also pays particular attention to icebreakers that relax guests and get them rubbing elbows, such as a cruise up the Colorado River, where guests nibble on hors d'oeuvres and sip Fall Creek wines.
- —Steve Heimoff