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  1. the solid form of water, produced by freezing; frozen water.

  2. the frozen surface of a body of water.

  1. any substance resembling frozen water: camphor ice.

  2. a frozen dessert made of sweetened water and fruit juice.

  3. British. ice cream.

  4. icing, as on a cake.

  5. reserve; formality: The ice of his manner betrayed his dislike of the new ambassador.

  6. Slang.

    • 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.
  1. to cover with ice.

  2. to change into ice; freeze.

  1. to cool with ice, as a drink.

  2. to cover (cake, sweet rolls, etc.) with icing; frost.

  3. to refrigerate with ice, as air.

  4. to make cold, as if with ice.

  5. to preserve by placing on ice.

  6. Ice Hockey. (especially in Canada) to put (a team) into formal play.

  7. Slang.

    • 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.

  8. 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.
  1. to change to ice; freeze: The sherbet is icing in the refrigerator.

  2. to be coated with ice (often followed by up): The windshield has iced up.

  1. of or made of ice: ice shavings;an ice sculpture.

  2. for holding ice and food or drink to be chilled: an ice bucket;an ice chest.

  1. on or done on the ice: ice yachting.

Idioms about ice

  1. break the ice,

    • 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.

  2. cut no ice, Informal. to have no influence or importance; fail to impress: Her father's position cuts no ice with me.

  1. ice it, Slang. stop it; that's enough: You've been complaining all day, so ice it.

  2. 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.

  3. on ice, Informal.

    • 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.

  4. 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

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

Other words from ice

  • iceless, adjective
  • icelike, adjective
  • re·ice, verb, re·iced, re·ic·ing.
  • un·ice, verb (used with object), un·iced, un·ic·ing.

Other definitions for ICE (2 of 4)

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  1. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: a federal agency tasked with interior enforcement of U.S. customs and immigration laws, including cross-border investigations of criminal activity, and the arrest, detention, and removal of undocumented aliens.

  2. 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.

Other definitions for -ice (3 of 4)


  1. 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

Other definitions for Ice. (4 of 4)


  1. Iceland.

  2. Icelandic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ice in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ice (1 of 3)


/ (aɪs) /

  1. water in the solid state, formed by freezing liquid water: Related adjective: glacial

  2. a portion of ice cream

  1. slang a diamond or diamonds

  2. the field of play in ice hockey

  3. slang a concentrated and highly potent form of methamphetamine with dangerous side effects

  4. break the ice

    • to relieve shyness, etc, esp between strangers

    • to be the first of a group to do something

  5. cut no ice informal to fail to make an impression

  6. on ice in abeyance; pending

  7. on thin ice unsafe or unsafely; vulnerable or vulnerably

  8. the Ice NZ informal Antarctica

  1. (often foll by up, over, etc) to form or cause to form ice; freeze

  2. (tr) to mix with ice or chill (a drink, etc)

  1. (tr) to cover (a cake, etc) with icing

  2. (tr) US slang to kill

  3. mainly Canadian (in ice hockey)

    • to shoot the puck from one end of the rink to the other

    • to select which players will play in a game

Origin of ice

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

Derived forms of ice

  • iceless, adjective
  • icelike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for ICE (2 of 3)


abbreviation for(in Britain)
  1. Institution of Civil Engineers

British Dictionary definitions for Ice. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. Iceland(ic)

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Scientific definitions for ice


[ īs ]

  1. 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.

  2. 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with ice


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

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