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black ice

a thin sheet of ice, as on a road surface, usually caused by freezing mist and creating hazardous driving conditions.
Oceanography. sea ice that is clear enough to show the color of the water underneath.
Origin of black ice
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The black ice was solid and there was light enough to see fairly well.

  • And I said, too, I remember, that in all probability there wouldn't be black ice again all winter.

  • The laugh is still, the noise has fled, and the first sound of the skate on the black ice seems almost a desecration.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • The sun, a great red ball, nearing the western horizon, sent a rose-tinged pathway across the black ice from shore to shore.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures Ruel Perley Smith
  • But now that the winter had sheeted the black ice evenly with a white cover, the seal holes, though open, could not be found.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • Night fell; the sky became clear as black ice; the dim seas resembled a lair of white bears at play.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • A sharp crackling sound came up from the harbor, where the tide fumbled at the edges of black ice.

    The Harbor Master Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • So came the Thanksgiving season, with strong, black ice on the mill pond, where the four skated hand in hand.

    Bylow Hill

    George Washington Cable
  • I caught in my breath sharp and came near falling (for my pains) on the black ice.

British Dictionary definitions for black ice

black ice

a thin transparent layer of new ice on a road or similar surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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