Nearby words

  1. icarus,
  2. icbm,
  3. icc,
  4. icd,
  5. icda,
  6. ice age,
  7. ice ages,
  8. ice anchor,
  9. ice apron,
  10. ice ax

Idioms

Origin of ice

before 900; 1905–10 for def 8a; Middle English, Old English īs; cognate with German Eis, Old Norse īss

Related formsice·less, adjectiveice·like, adjectivere·ice, verb, re·iced, re·ic·ing.un·ice, verb (used with object), un·iced, un·ic·ing.

ICE

[ahys]

in case of emergency (usually designating an emergency-contact phone number in one's cell phone contact list): The paramedic found my mom's ICE number immediately.

Ice.

-ice

a suffix of nouns, indicating state or quality, appearing in loanwords from French: notice.

Origin of -ice

Middle English -ice, -ise < Old French < Latin -itius, -itia, -itium abstract noun suffix

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Examples from the Web for ice


British Dictionary definitions for ice

ice

noun

water in the solid state, formed by freezing liquid waterRelated adjective: glacial
a portion of ice cream
slang a diamond or diamonds
the field of play in ice hockey
slang a concentrated and highly potent form of methamphetamine with dangerous side effects
break the ice
  1. to relieve shyness, etc, esp between strangers
  2. to be the first of a group to do something
cut no ice informal to fail to make an impression
on ice in abeyance; pending
on thin ice unsafe or unsafely; vulnerable or vulnerably
the Ice NZ informal Antarctica

verb

(often foll by up, over, etc) to form or cause to form ice; freeze
(tr) to mix with ice or chill (a drink, etc)
(tr) to cover (a cake, etc) with icing
(tr) US slang to kill
mainly Canadian (in ice hockey)
  1. to shoot the puck from one end of the rink to the other
  2. to select which players will play in a game
Derived Formsiceless, adjectiveicelike, adjective

Word Origin for ice

Old English īs; compare Old High German īs, Old Norse īss

ICE

abbreviation for (in Britain)

Institution of Civil Engineers

Ice.

abbreviation for

Iceland(ic)
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Word Origin and History for ice
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Science definitions for ice

ice

[īs]

A solid consisting of frozen water. Ice forms at or below a temperature of 0°C (32°F). Ice expands during the process of freezing, with the result that its density is lower than that of water.
A solid form of a substance, especially of a substance that is a liquid or a gas at room temperature at sea level on Earth. The nuclei of many comets contain methane ice.
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Idioms and Phrases with ice

ice

see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.

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