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ice storm

noun
  1. a storm of freezing rain and widespread glaze formation.
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Origin of ice storm

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for ice storm

Historical Examples

  • The oversight is strange, for in America the ice-storm is an event.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • If anything could get through the ice-storm to-night, it was those two!

    The Ordeal

    Charles Egbert Craddock

  • The ice-storm occurs in midwinter, and usually its enchantments are wrought in the silence and the darkness of the night.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • It occurs to me now that I have never seen the ice-storm put upon canvas, and have not heard that any painter has tried to do it.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Happily, Captain De Haven was spared the necessity of choosing between the alternatives: the ice-storm did not reach us.


British Dictionary definitions for ice storm

ice storm

noun
  1. mainly US a storm of freezing rain that deposits a glaze of ice on the ground
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