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The Definition of - ice (verb)

    the solid form of water, produced by freezing; frozen water.
    the frozen surface of a body of water.
    any substance resembling frozen water:
    camphor ice.
    a frozen dessert made of sweetened water and fruit juice.
    British. ice cream.
    icing, as on a cake.
    reserve; formality:
    The ice of his manner betrayed his dislike of the new ambassador.
    1. a diamond or diamonds.
    2. protection money paid to the police by the operator of an illicit business.
    3. a fee that a ticket broker pays to a theater manager in order to receive a favorable allotment of tickets.
    verb (used with object), iced, icing.
    to cover with ice.
    to change into ice; freeze.
    to cool with ice, as a drink.
    to cover (cake, sweet rolls, etc.) with icing; frost.
    to refrigerate with ice, as air.
    to make cold, as if with ice.
    to preserve by placing on ice.
    Ice Hockey. (especially in Canada) to put (a team) into formal play.
    1. to settle or seal; make sure of, as by signing a contract:
      We'll ice the deal tomorrow.
    2. to make (a business arrangement) more attractive by adding features or benefits:
      The star pitcher wouldn't sign his new contract until the team iced it with a big bonus.
    3. to kill, especially to murder:
      The mobsters threatened to ice him if he went to the police.
    Sports Slang. to establish a winning score or insurmountable lead in or otherwise assure victory in (a game or contest):
    Her second goal iced the game.
    verb (used without object), iced, icing.
    to change to ice; freeze:
    The sherbet is icing in the refrigerator.
    to be coated with ice (often followed by up):
    The windshield has iced up.
    of or made of ice:
    ice shavings; an ice sculpture.
    for holding ice and food or drink to be chilled:
    an ice bucket; an ice chest.
    on or done on the ice:
    ice yachting.
    break the ice,
    1. to succeed initially; make a beginning.
    2. to overcome reserve, awkwardness, or formality within a group, as in introducing persons:
      The chairman broke the ice with his warm and very amusing remarks.
    cut no ice, Informal. to have no influence or importance; fail to impress:
    Her father's position cuts no ice with me.
    ice it, Slang. stop it; that's enough:
    You've been complaining all day, so ice it.
    ice the puck, Ice Hockey. to hit the puck to the far end of the rink, especially from the defensive area across the offensive area.
    on ice, Informal.
    1. with a good chance of success or realization:
      Now that the contract is on ice we can begin operating again.
    2. out of activity, as in confinement or imprisonment.
    3. in a state of abeyance or readiness:
      Let's put that topic on ice for the moment.
    on thin ice, in a precarious or delicate situation:
    You may pass the course, but you're on thin ice right now.
    Also, skating on thin ice.

Word Example of - ice

    Example Sentences for ice

    Far away in the distance two dark spots could be seen on the ice.

    She did better when she reached the middle of the river, where the ice had been ground by the skates.

    Out slipped the ice edge at the cove, a hundred fathoms further.

    Suddenly he shook the spit from his breast and Loki fell down on the ice.

    We saw a part of her quarter deck, with the ice piled up around it.

    The word smote upon her like a touch of ice and her heart quailed.

    His father had been drowned while driving across the ice on the Randsfjord .

    There's plenty of ice now for everybody, manufactured in the town.

    A little while on the ice might have improved it, but we gave it no time.

    We charge jewelry rates for that ice, and war-prices for attendance.

Word Origin & History of - ice

    Word Origin & History

    ice O.E. is "ice," from P.Gmc. *isa- (cf. O.N. iss, O.Fris. is, Du. ijs, Ger. Eis), with no certain cognates beyond Gmc. Slang meaning "diamonds" is attested from 1906. Ice cream is first recorded 1688 (as iced cream); icing in the sugary sense is from 1769; ice cube first recorded 1929. To break the ice "to make the first opening to any attempt" is from 1590, metaphoric of making passages for boats by breaking up river ice though in modern use usually with implications of "cold reserve."

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