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ice

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noun, often attributive \ ˈīs \

Definition of ice

1 a :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)
4 a :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

iceless

play \ˈīs-ləs\ adjective
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

Examples of ice in a Sentence

  1. The steps were coated with ice.

  2. Ice formed on the car's windows.

  3. The ice melted quickly in the hot sun.

  4. She skated out onto the ice.

  5. He almost fell through a hole in the ice.

  6. Fill the glass with ice.

  7. He gave her some ice for her birthday.

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Origin and Etymology of ice

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

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ice

verb

Definition of ice

iced; icing
transitive verb
1 a :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 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 1a
intransitive verb
1 :to become ice-cold
2 a :to become covered with ice often used with up or over
b :to have ice form inside

Examples of ice in a Sentence

  1. Ice the glasses before you fill them.

  2. with that win, the team has pretty much iced a spot in the play-offs

First Known Use of ice

15th century

ice Synonyms


Ice

abbreviation

Definition of Ice

Iceland

ICE

abbreviation

Definition of ICE

1 internal combustion engine
2 International Cultural Exchange

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ICE Defined for English Language Learners

ice

play
noun

Definition of ice for English Language Learners

  • : frozen water

  • : a sheet of frozen water

  • : cubes or pieces of ice


ice

verb

Definition of ice for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) cold with ice

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

  • : to make winning or getting (something) certain


ICE Defined for Kids

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ice

play
noun \ ˈīs \

Definition of ice for Students

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

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ice

verb

Definition of ice for Students

iced; icing
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

Medical Dictionary

ice

play
noun \ ˈīs \

medical Definition of ice

1 :frozen water

Law Dictionary

ICE

abbreviation

legal Definition of ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement


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