Nearby words

  1. icarus,
  2. icbm,
  3. icc,
  4. icd,
  5. icda,
  6. ice age,
  7. ice ages,
  8. ice anchor,
  9. ice apron,
  10. ice ax

Idioms

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 on ice

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 on ice
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Science definitions for on ice

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 on ice

on ice

1

In reserve or readiness. This idiom often occurs with put, meaning “to place in reserve,” as in Let's put that proposal on ice until we have the funds to implement it. This usage alludes to putting things in cold storage for preservation. [Slang; late 1800s]

2

In prison, as in He's been on ice for ten years. This usage may be derived in part from the slang term cooler for “jail.” [Slang; c. 1930]

3

With a good chance of success, as in I'm sure she'll win—it's on ice. [Slang; early 1900s]

ice

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

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