ice-up

[ahys-uhp]

noun


Nearby words

  1. ice-free,
  2. ice-minus,
  3. ice-out,
  4. ice-scoured,
  5. ice-skate,
  6. ice-water,
  7. ice.,
  8. iceberg,
  9. iceberg lettuce,
  10. iceblink

Origin of ice-up

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase ice up

ice

[ahys]

noun

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.
Slang.
  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, ic·ing.

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.
Slang.
  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, ic·ing.

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.

adjective

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.

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for ice-up

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
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Word Origin and History for ice-up
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for ice-up

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-up

ice

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

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