Meaning of ICE in English

I. ˈīs noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English is, from Old English īs; akin to Old High German īs ice, Avestan isu- icy

Date: before 12th century


a. : frozen water

b. : a sheet or stretch of ice

2. : a substance resembling ice ; especially : the solid state of a substance usually found as a gas or liquid

ammonia ice in the rings of Saturn

3. : a state of coldness (as from formality or reserve)


a. : a frozen dessert containing a flavoring (as fruit juice) ; especially : one containing no milk or cream

b. British : a serving of ice cream

5. slang : diamonds ; broadly : jewelry

6. : an undercover premium paid to a theater employee for choice theater tickets

7. : methamphetamine in the form of crystals of its hydrochloride salt C 10 H 15 N·HCI when used illicitly for smoking — called also crystal, crystal meth

• ice·less ˈīs-ləs adjective

- on ice

- on thin ice

II. verb

( iced ; ic·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


a. : to coat with or convert into ice

b. : to chill with ice

c. : to supply with ice

2. : to cover with or as if with icing

3. : to put on ice

4. : secure 1b

made two free throws…to ice the win — Jack McCallum

5. : to shoot (an ice hockey puck) the length of the rink and beyond the opponents' goal line

6. slang : kill 1a

intransitive verb

1. : to become ice-cold


a. : to become covered with ice — often used with up or over

b. : to have ice form inside

the carburetor iced up

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.