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 Young defensemen Ian Mitchell, Nicolas Beaudin and Wyatt Kalynuk saw significant ice time last season and will push during training camp to be included among next season’s regular pairings. Phil Thompson,, 12 July 2021 Dinged up in Game 1, Smith exited after only 14 shifts and 10:14 in ice time in the 5-2 Bruins victory., 3 June 2021 That involves keeping hockey ironman Keith Yandle off the ice in favor of fellow veteran defenseman Anton Stralman. David Furones,, 21 May 2021 Dowd had to limp off the ice and head to the dressing room after blocking a shot with his right knee midway through the second period. Jimmy Golen,, 19 May 2021 The Spotlight Club features glass walls on the club to give fans an up-close view of teams coming on and off the ice. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Oleksiak scored a career-high six goals this season while averaging a career-high 20:29 of ice time and contributing to the penalty kill. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 13 May 2021 Kaprizov received bonuses for goals, points, point per game, and ice time and for finishing in the top 10 in the NHL in goals. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 This year mostly dressed up as popular Disney characters, each skater gets individual ice time to show off their talents. John Benson, cleveland, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After the journey down the slide, riders were brought back up the mountain and treated to ice cold Natty Light and a festive American BBQ of cheeseburgers and hotdogs. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Use a slotted spoon to transfer eggs to ice bath and chill until cold, about 5 minutes. Rebekah Peppler, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Moments later, after the Mercury had come within four again, Clarendon hit an 11-foot jumper with 26.5 seconds left to ice the game. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Increases in greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere and capture outgoing radiation, leading to warming and subsequently snow and ice melt and other changes. Julia Musto, Fox News, 19 June 2021 There’ve been circuses and ice skating shows, Harlem Globetrotters basketball, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes for my step-daughter. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 16 June 2021 The problem was that his pass fell directly into the hands of Beal, who made two more free throws to ice the game. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2021 But the Pistons played catch-up for most of the rest of the quarter, and former Michigan basketball standout Caris LeVert (28 points) went on to ice the game with 5.7 seconds left with a stepback 3-pointer, handing the Pistons a 116-111 road loss. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2021 Florida extended the lead to 64-61, but forward Anthony Duruji missed a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining and a chance to ice the game. Edgar Thompson,, 19 Mar. 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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17 Jul 2021

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“Ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 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
US, informal : 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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