icing

[ ahy-sing ]
/ ˈaɪ sɪŋ /

noun

a sweet, creamy spread, as of confectioners' sugar, butter, and flavoring, for covering cakes, cookies, etc.; frosting.
Meteorology. a coating of ice on a solid object.Compare glaze, rime1.
Aviation. the freezing of atmospheric moisture on the surface of an aircraft.
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

    icing on the cake. frosting(def 5).

Origin of icing

First recorded in 1760–70; ice + -ing1

Definition for icing (2 of 2)

Origin of ice

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

Related forms

ice·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 icing (1 of 3)

icing

/ (ˈaɪsɪŋ) /

noun

Also called (esp US and Canadian): frosting a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc
the formation of ice, as on a ship or aircraft, due to the freezing of moisture in the atmosphere
any unexpected extra or bonus (esp in icing on the cake)

British Dictionary definitions for icing (2 of 3)

ice

/ (aɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

iceless, adjectiveicelike, adjective

Word Origin for ice

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

British Dictionary definitions for icing (3 of 3)

ICE


abbreviation for (in Britain)

Institution of Civil Engineers
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Science definitions for icing

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 icing

ice


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

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