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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black ice(noun)

    a thin coating of ice (as from freezing mist) on a road or sidewalk; nearly invisible but very hazardous

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  1. black ice(Noun)

    An invisible film of ice over dark surfaces, such as pavement or water, that makes them dangerously slippery.

Freebase

  1. Black ice

    Black ice, sometimes called clear ice, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. While not truly black, it is virtually transparent, allowing black asphalt/macadam roadways to be seen through it, hence the term "black ice". The typically low levels of noticeable ice pellets, snow, or sleet surrounding black ice means that areas of the ice are often practically invisible to drivers. There is thus a risk of skidding and subsequent accident due to the loss of traction. A similar problem is encountered with diesel fuel spills on roads. Similar thin invisible layers of ice that form along ships can cause them to become unbalanced, with the risk of overturning. In the mountains, black ice is referred to as verglas and is a great hazard for climbers.

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