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  1. a sweet, creamy spread, as of confectioners' sugar, butter, and flavoring, for covering cakes, cookies, etc.; frosting.

  2. Meteorology. a coating of ice on a solid object.: Compare glaze, rime1.

  1. Aviation. the freezing of atmospheric moisture on the surface of an aircraft.

  2. Ice Hockey. the act of a player shooting the puck from the defensive half of the rink over the opponent's goal line, but not into the goal, as a defensive maneuver to keep the puck out of the reach of attacking opponents, resulting in a penalty against the defensive team if the puck is then next touched by an opponent other than the goalkeeper.

Idioms about icing

  1. icing on the cake. frosting (def. 5).

Origin of icing

First recorded in 1760–70; ice + -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for icing


/ (ˈaɪsɪŋ) /

  1. Also called (esp US and Canadian): frosting a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc

  2. the formation of ice, as on a ship or aircraft, due to the freezing of moisture in the atmosphere

  1. any unexpected extra or bonus (esp in icing on the cake)

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