ice

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

ice

verb
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

Ice

abbreviation (1)

Definition of Ice (Entry 4 of 5)

Iceland

ICE

abbreviation (2)

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. — www.ice.gov/history
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

Noun

iceless \ ˈīs-​ləs How to pronounce iceless (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

This news probably can't be good for Jordyn and Kylie's relationship which is already on very thin ice. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Signs Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson Did In Fact Hook Up," 22 Feb. 2019 The government’s brief is not due until Jan. 22, but DOJ lawyers asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Va., to put the appeal on ice until the shutdown ends. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the government shutdown is good legal news for Trump," 27 Dec. 2018 Candace saw Valeri on the ice, and was immediately attracted to him, according to an interview with Huffington Post. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Candace Cameron Bure's Marriage with Husband Valeri Is Straight Out of a Hallmark Movie," 25 Nov. 2018 Princess Beatrice of York also broke with royal protocol, but this was for the sweetest reason: in an act of support for her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, who has been on ice with the Royal Family for years. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Protocol," 13 Oct. 2018 On the ice, Team USA hockey player Meghan Duggan and Team Canada hockey player Gillian Apps were fierce rivals. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Team USA, Team Canada hockey players put rivalry on ice -- and get married," 27 Sep. 2018 No one explicitly warned me not to have a family, but it was generally known that becoming a mom put you on thin ice. Jen Gann, The Cut, "6 Women on How They’ve Been Treated at Work After Having Kids," 13 June 2018 The field isn’t the only surface that gets a toasty touchup for an ice-cold game. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 Serve over ice with sliced lime and fresh mint leaves if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sparkling Wine Mojito Punch," 26 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The administration’s sensitivity on that front mushroomed into a broader trade dispute between the U.S. and China—which in turn iced out the... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Broadcom: Follow the Money," 13 Mar. 2019 The ability to play some Switch games as well is just icing on the cake. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity," 13 Dec. 2018 Airline delays are likely because of de-icing operations, poor visibility and a low cloud ceiling, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tuesday is the first day of spring: Would you like some snow with that?," 19 Mar. 2018 The menu at this small coffee shop ranges from standard drinks to more unusual items, including the Iced Old Town Muddy, a combination of cafe latte with matcha and sugar, and the passion fruit iced tea. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 No one is buying in President Obama's sugar honey iced tea. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The return of Barack Obama," 21 July 2018 Upon arrival, they were greeted by servers with trays of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Champagne, St-Germain spritzes, and fresh mango iced tea made from the giant 100-year-old mango tree located onsite at the mill. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 An auction will begin at 7 p.m. The menu includes catfish filet, hush puppies, green beans, potatoes and iced tea. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 19 Mar. 2018 Videos, in which cookies are piped and flooded with icing with mesmerizing precision, pull down millions of views. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of ice

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for ice

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen water
: a sheet of frozen water
: cubes or pieces of ice

ice

verb

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

ice

noun
\ 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

ice

verb
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

ice

noun
\ 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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