ice

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noun

often attributive
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
7
iceless adjective

ice

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verb

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 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
2
a
: to become covered with ice
often used with up or over
b
: to have ice form inside

-ice

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noun suffix

əs
: act
service
: quality
justice
: condition
cowardice

Ice

4 of 5

abbreviation (1)

Iceland

ICE

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abbreviation (2)

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
Phrases
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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The dark ground and water left behind absorb heat, which melts the remaining ice even faster. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 Davis alone wasn’t enough in a 115-105 loss to the Suns in Phoenix, the Lakers ice cold from three and again playing without LeBron James. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 However, the sea ice is freezing later and melting earlier. Angela Owens, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 The research suggests that there could still be a massive amount of these algae living permanently underneath the ice that covers the continent. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 22 Nov. 2022 The reality of the cold world beneath the ice was stronger than the warmth of the school. Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Gawdin’s third goal came on an empty-netter at 12:36 of the third period and several hundred Gulls fans dutifully tossed their caps onto the ice. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 Another member of that ’14-15 Wolverines squad won’t hit the Nationwide Arena ice tonight, as defenseman Zach Werenski, who had three goals and five assists in 13 games this year, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2022 This is not a typo, and contrary to rumors knocking around the old West End, the Garden ice is not tilted. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2022
Verb
Hooks delivered an ace on the Lady Panthers' ensuing service game, and Pallette would later ice it -- after a Weaver winner -- with a kill. Erick Taylor, Arkansas Online, 30 Oct. 2022 To attach edible wafer or paper flowers, ice your cookie in a bright frosting and while the icing is wet, attach the accessories. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2022 That put Memphis ahead by one and the hosts would ice the contest from the free-throw line in an 87-80 win at the home arena of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 9 Jan. 2022 Dunn sank the first free throw for a 65-64 lead and Villanova called timeout to ice the sophomore guard. Dan Gelston, ajc, 12 Nov. 2022 Add Maestro Dobel Silver, lime juice, ginger syrup, and ice into the shaker. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2022 The beaches around the main town of Skala are beautiful, with waterside tavernas serving up fresh squid and ice cold beer. Joe Minihane, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022 Atholton’s offense took the field inside of five minutes looking to ice the game. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 10 Sep. 2022 Sunny skies helped melt snow and ice off roads Thursday, but the National Weather Service warned a frigid night could make for driving conditions and cause more water pipe damage Friday.. Dallas News, 19 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of ice was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near ice

Cite this Entry

“Ice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ice. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

ice 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: frozen water
b
: a sheet of frozen water
skating on the ice
2
: a state of coldness (as in personal behavior)
3
: a substance resembling ice
4
: a frozen dessert usually made with sweetened fruit juice
on ice
: set aside for use when needed : in reserve

ice

2 of 2

verb

iced; icing
1
a
: to coat or become coated with ice
b
: to chill with ice
2
: to cover with icing

Medical Definition

1
: frozen water
2

Legal Definition

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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