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

Definition of Ice (Entry 4 of 5)


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 ICE (audio) \ 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 Powered by pickles and salted boiled potatoes, cooled by a bandana filled with ice and supported by a crew that performed with NASCAR-like expediency, Cody Priest of Anchorage won the Wasatch 100 ultramarathon early Saturday morning in Utah. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2021 The original tequila sunrise had no orange juice or grenadine in sight; instead, the cocktail was made with black currant liqueur crème de cassis mixed with tequila, lime, ice and soda water. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 Calvez was going to need an ice bath and a hot tub after this one. Chris Hays,, 11 Sep. 2021 Her hair is ice blonde, factory-straight, and tied at the nape of her neck. Allure, 11 Sep. 2021 Expect to see Champagne buckets filled with ice and guests relaxing on blue lounge chairs. Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 10 Sep. 2021 The lawn area is where the ice rink is installed each year during the winter holidays, a tradition that was absent last year because of COVID-19. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 Roadside vendors sell ice, pizza and snow cones, while drivers top off at the town’s lone gas station. Katie Bain, Billboard, 10 Sep. 2021 The plastic crates take up residence next to the ice buckets, the Tide pods, and that photo of Hugh Hefner planking, never to be seen again. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Doncic will ice and get massages in the lead up to Game 5 in hopes of easing the pain in his neck. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 Williams: Literally, the glass of water next to my bed would ice over. Matthew Sedacca, Curbed, 12 May 2021 If the pimple has not come to a head, lightly ice it for 10 minutes twice a day. Sydney Poe,, 7 Apr. 2021 With a minute left, Mitchell hit a 3-pointer to ice the game and send the Fever home winners. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 11 July 2021 Without a hint of fear on his face, freshman Greg Brown stepped to the line and sank two free throws to ice the game, lifting Texas over its rival. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2021 Rock Hill cut Heritage’s lead to 57-54 on Anthony Williams’ 3-pointer with 11.5 seconds left, but Washington sank two free throws on Heritage’s ensuing possession to ice the win. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2021 Antetokounmpo’s free throw hit the front rim and clanged hard enough for a crashing Holiday to get another hand on the ball, deflecting it backward for Antetokounmpo to pass to Middleton to get fouled, make a free throw and ice the game. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 19 July 2021 The Wolves forced a turnover with four minutes left, giving them a chance to ice the game. Paul Johnson,, 3 Apr. 2021

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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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“Ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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
: 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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