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the solid form of water, produced by freezing; frozen water.
the frozen surface of a body of water.
any substance resembling frozen water:
camphor ice.
a frozen dessert made of sweetened water and fruit juice.
British, ice cream.
icing, as on a cake.
reserve; formality:
The ice of his manner betrayed his dislike of the new ambassador.

a diamond or diamonds.
protection money paid to the police by the operator of an illicit business.
a fee that a ticket broker pays to a theater manager in order to receive a favorable allotment of tickets.

to cover with ice.
to change into ice; freeze.
to cool with ice, as a drink.
to cover (cake, sweet rolls, etc.) with icing; frost.
to refrigerate with ice, as air.
to make cold, as if with ice.
to preserve by placing on ice.
Ice Hockey. (especially in Canada) to put (a team) into formal play.

to settle or seal; make sure of, as by signing a contract:
We’ll ice the deal tomorrow.
to make (a business arrangement) more attractive by adding features or benefits:
The star pitcher wouldn’t sign his new contract until the team iced it with a big bonus.
to kill, especially to murder:
The mobsters threatened to ice him if he went to the police.

Sports Slang. to establish a winning score or insurmountable lead in or otherwise assure victory in (a game or contest):
Her second goal iced the game.
to change to ice; freeze:
The sherbet is icing in the refrigerator.
to be coated with ice (often followed by up):
The windshield has iced up.
of or made of ice:
ice shavings; an ice sculpture.
for holding ice and food or drink to be chilled:
an ice bucket; an ice chest.
on or done on the ice:
ice yachting.
break the ice,

to succeed initially; make a beginning.
to overcome reserve, awkwardness, or formality within a group, as in introducing persons:
The chairman broke the ice with his warm and very amusing remarks.

cut no ice, Informal. to have no influence or importance; fail to impress:
Her father’s position cuts no ice with me.
ice it, Slang. stop it; that’s enough:
You’ve been complaining all day, so ice it.
ice the puck, Ice Hockey. to hit the puck to the far end of the rink, especially from the defensive area across the offensive area.
on ice, Informal.

with a good chance of success or realization:
Now that the contract is on ice we can begin operating again.
out of activity, as in confinement or imprisonment.
in a state of abeyance or readiness:
Let’s put that topic on ice for the moment.

on thin ice, in a precarious or delicate situation:
You may pass the course, but you’re on thin ice right now.
Also, skating on thin ice.
a suffix of nouns, indicating state or quality, appearing in loanwords from French:
Contemporary Examples

After Hurricane Sandy, Is NBC’s Democracy Plaza Too Much? The Daily Beast November 5, 2012
Inside The Center For Immigration Studies, The Immigration False-Fact Think Tank Caitlin Dickson May 14, 2014
The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire H.L. Mencken October 3, 2014
The Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris Ina Garten November 26, 2014
Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters Aaron B. O’Connell June 26, 2014

Historical Examples

Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes

water in the solid state, formed by freezing liquid water related 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

to relieve shyness, etc, esp between strangers
to be the first of a group to do something

(informal) cut no ice, to fail to make an impression
on ice, in abeyance; pending
on thin ice, unsafe or unsafely; vulnerable or vulnerably
(NZ, informal) the Ice, Antarctica
often foll by up, over, etc. to form or cause to form ice; freeze
(transitive) to mix with ice or chill (a drink, etc)
(transitive) to cover (a cake, etc) with icing
(transitive) (US, slang) to kill
(mainly Canadian, in ice hockey)

to shoot the puck from one end of the rink to the other
to select which players will play in a game

abbreviation (in Britain)
Institution of Civil Engineers

Diamonds; a diamond: a two-carat hunk of ice (1906+)
Gems and jewelry in general: Gonna wear your ice? (1906+)
Extra payment given for a desirable theater ticket: a slight fee, say $100 worth of tickets for $120. The $20 is the ”ice” (1927+)
Protection money; bribery; payoff: syndicate that paid out $1,000,000 in ice to the police (1948+)
Methamphetamine crystals (1980s+ Narcotics)

To make something certain; cinch, SEW something UP: They iced the game in the ninth with two more runs (1930s+)
(also ice someone out) To ignore someone; snub; cut; cold shoulder: how women were ”iced” by peers during corridor conversations/ I’ve had doors closed and I’ve been iced out (1836+)
o defeat utterly; trounce; clobber: Nebraska iced Kentucky 55 to 16 (1960s+ Sports)
To kill; off •Probably a shortening of put on ice: Ice a pig. Off a pig. That means kill a cop (1960s+ Underworld)

1. in-circuit emulator.
2. Intrusion Countermeasure Electronics.
Institute for Christian Economics
in case of emergency
internal-combustion engine
International Cultural Exchange


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