Meaning of ICE in English

I. ˈīs noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English is, from Old English īs; akin to Old Frisian, Old Saxon, & Old High German īs ice, Old Norse īss, Avestan isu- icy, aēxa- cold, and perhaps to Russian ineĭ frost, Lithuanian ynis


a. : water reduced to the solid state by cooling and when pure constituting a nearly colorless brittle substance that in freezing expands about one eleventh in volume, that has a specific gravity of 0.9166 as compared with 1.0 for water at 4° C, that under normal atmospheric pressure is formed at and has a melting point of 0° C or 32° F, that occurs in the common form as hexagonal crystals, and that in large masses is classed as a rock — compare blue ice , frost , snow ; heat of fusion

b. : the layer of frozen water covering a surface (as of a road, rink, or body of water)

broke through the ice

: the surface of a sheet of ice

slipped on the ice

skated down the ice

an ice carnival

2. : the quality or state of being emotionally cold (as from formality, reserve, embarrassment, or hostility)

perceptibly chilled by the ice in his voice

thawed a little of the ice that held his lady's heart — Robert Murphy

— compare break the ice

3. : a substance resembling ice in appearance or solid form

these hydrogen ices might well be retained in meteoritic particles — P.M.Millman

specifically : icing


a. : a sweet frozen food containing a fruit juice or other flavoring and usually served as a dessert or refreshment ; specifically : one containing no milk or cream (as a fruit ice or water ice)

b. Britain : a serving of ice cream ; specifically : ice-cream cone

5. slang : diamonds

fenced the ice for the gang

broadly : jewelry

6. slang : protection money paid by an operator of illicit business

a $20,000,000-a-year bookmaking syndicate that paid out $1,000,000 in ice to the police — New York Times

7. : allowance made in directing a curling stone for its deviation from a straight course

make the shot … by using the ice and weight suggested by his skip — Ken Watson

- on ice

- on thin ice

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English isen, from is, n.

transitive verb


a. : to coat with or convert into ice

sleet iced the turnpike

weather that iced his breath

b. : to chill especially by surface contact with ice

ice the champagne before serving

an iced melon

a frown that iced his enthusiasm

c. : to load or supply with ice

a portable cooler iced with cubes from the refrigerator

stations for icing refrigerator cars containing perishables

2. : to cover with or as if with icing

ice a cake

houses iced over with multicolored stuccoes — Norman Lewis

3. : to put in a secure place or state or in reserve : put on ice

sank a free throw … to ice the victory — Spokane Spokesman-Review

has frozen all major route applications … would probably ice a merger too — Time

intransitive verb

1. : to become ice cold : freeze

the two bottles were icing in a bucket — Lionel Trilling


a. : to become covered with ice

at the first sign of snow or icing, equipment is deployed along the turnpike — Roads & Streets

— often used with up

the airplane propeller and wings may ice up

b. : to have ice form inside — usually used with up

the airplane carburetor iced up

III. noun

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

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

IV. transitive verb

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

2. slang : kill

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