Idioms

    break the ice,
    1. to succeed initially; make a beginning.
    2. 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.
    cut no ice, Informal. to have no influence or importance; fail to impress: Her father's position cuts no ice with me.
    ice it, Slang. stop it; that's enough: You've been complaining all day, so ice it.
    ice the puck, Ice Hockey. to hit the puck to the far end of the rink, especially from the defensive area across the offensive area.
    on ice, Informal.
    1. with a good chance of success or realization: Now that the contract is on ice we can begin operating again.
    2. out of activity, as in confinement or imprisonment.
    3. in a state of abeyance or readiness: Let's put that topic on ice for the moment.
    on thin ice, in a precarious or delicate situation: You may pass the course, but you're on thin ice right now.Also skating on thin ice.

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 ices

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 ices

ice

n.

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."

ice

v.

c.1400, ysen, "cover with ice," from ice (n.). Related: Iced; icing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ices in Science

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 ices

ice

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

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