- a diamond or diamonds.
- protection money paid to the police by the operator of an illicit business.
- 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, ic·ing.
- to settle or seal; make sure of, as by signing a contract: We'll ice the deal tomorrow.
- 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.
- to kill, especially to murder: The mobsters threatened to ice him if he went to the police.
verb (used without object), iced, ic·ing.
- to succeed initially; make a beginning.
- 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.
- with a good chance of success or realization: Now that the contract is on ice we can begin operating again.
- out of activity, as in confinement or imprisonment.
- in a state of abeyance or readiness: Let's put that topic on ice for the moment.
Origin of ice
Origin of -ice
Related Words for icechunk, glaze, hail, crystal, iceberg, icicle, glacier, sleet, diamonds, hailstone, permafrost, floe
Examples from the Web for ice
Contemporary Examples of ice
Lalo said he reported the kidnapping to his ICE handlers, which was confirmed by a former federal agent familiar with the case.
But Huckabee (akin to Elizabeth Warren on the left) is like an ice cream sundae.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Just who is crazy enough to go swimming when the pond across the street has a layer of ice across the top?Diving Into 2015 With Polar Bear Plunge Extremists
January 1, 2015
Crew members had to cut through the ice on the streets to get shots.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
Serve with the warm sauce and your choice of ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
Historical Examples of ice
I see some man in the East has a fad for breaking the ice in the river and going swimming.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
If the ice that froze up the spring of his love would but begin to melt!Weighed and Wanting
Of course, every effort should be made to keep the ice from wasting.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
When he found that the ice was out and the beer warm and flat, he was furious.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to relieve shyness, etc, esp between strangers
- to be the first of a group to do something
- to shoot the puck from one end of the rink to the other
- to select which players will play in a game
Word Origin for ice
abbreviation for (in Britain)
Old English is "ice" (also the name of the rune for -i-), from Proto-Germanic *isa- (cf. Old Norse iss, Old Frisian is, Dutch ijs, German Eis), with no certain cognates beyond Germanic, though possible relatives are Avestan aexa- "frost, ice," isu- "frosty, icy;" Afghan asai "frost." Slang meaning "diamonds" is attested from 1906.
Ice cube attested from 1904. Ice age attested from 1832. To break the ice "to make the first opening to any attempt" is from 1580s, metaphoric of making passages for boats by breaking up river ice though in modern use usually with implications of "cold reserve."
see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.