What does ice mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ice, water icenoun

    water frozen in the solid state

    "Americans like ice in their drinks"

  2. icenoun

    the frozen part of a body of water

  3. ice, sparklernoun


    "look at the ice on that dame!"

  4. frosting, icing, icenoun

    a flavored sugar topping used to coat and decorate cakes

  5. ice, frappenoun

    a frozen dessert with fruit flavoring (especially one containing no milk)

  6. methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, crank, glass, ice, shabu, trashnoun

    an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant

  7. internal-combustion engine, ICEnoun

    a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine

  8. ice rink, ice-skating rink, iceverb

    a rink with a floor of ice for ice hockey or ice skating

    "the crowd applauded when she skated out onto the ice"

  9. frost, iceverb

    decorate with frosting

    "frost a cake"

  10. iceverb

    cause to become ice or icy

    "an iced summer drink"

  11. iceverb

    put ice on or put on ice

    "Ice your sprained limbs"


  1. icenoun

    Water in frozen (solid) form.

  2. icenoun

    Any frozen volatile chemical, such as ammonia or carbon dioxide.

  3. icenoun

    A frozen dessert made of fruit juice, water and sugar.

  4. icenoun

    Any substance having the appearance of ice.

  5. icenoun

    One or more diamonds.

  6. icenoun

    Crystal form of methamphetamine.

  7. icenoun

    The area where a game of ice hockey is played.

  8. iceverb

    To cool with ice, as a beverage.

  9. iceverb

    To become ice, to freeze.

  10. iceverb

    To murder.

  11. iceverb

    To cover with icing (frosting made of sugar and milk or white of egg); to frost; as cakes, tarts, etc.

  12. iceverb

    To put out a team for a match.

    Milton Keynes have yet to ice a team this season

  13. iceverb

    To shoot the puck the length of the playing surface, causing a stoppage in play called icing.

    If the Bruins ice the puck, the faceoff will be in their own zone.

  14. Etymology: From is, from is, from īsan (compare West Frisian iis, Dutch ijs, German Eis, Swedish is), from h₁eiH- (compare Lithuanian ýnis, Russian иней, Ossetian их, ех).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ICEnoun

    Etymology: is, Saxon; eyse, Dutch.

    You are no surer, no,
    Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,
    Or hailstone in the sun. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Thou art all ice, thy kindness freezes. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    If I should ask whether ice and water were two distinct species of things, I doubt not but I should be answered in the affirmative. John Locke.

    If you break the ice, and do this feat,
    Atchieve the elder, set the younger free
    For our access, whose hap shall be to have her,
    Will not so graceless be to be ingrate. William Shakespeare.

    Thus have I broken the ice to invention, for the lively representation of floods and rivers necessary for our painters and poets. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    After he'd a while look'd wise,
    At last broke silence and the ice. Hudibras, p. iii.

  2. To Iceverb

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. Ice

    Ice is water frozen into a solid state. Depending on the presence of impurities such as particles of soil or bubbles of air, it can appear transparent or a more or less opaque bluish-white color. In the Solar System, ice is abundant and occurs naturally from as close to the Sun as Mercury to as far away as the Oort cloud objects. Beyond the Solar System, it occurs as interstellar ice. It is abundant on Earth's surface – particularly in the polar regions and above the snow line – and, as a common form of precipitation and deposition, plays a key role in Earth's water cycle and climate. It falls as snowflakes and hail or occurs as frost, icicles or ice spikes and aggregates from snow as glaciers and ice sheets. Ice exhibits at least eighteen phases (packing geometries), depending on temperature and pressure. When water is cooled rapidly (quenching), up to three types of amorphous ice can form depending on its history of pressure and temperature. When cooled slowly, correlated proton tunneling occurs below −253.15 °C (20 K, −423.67 °F) giving rise to macroscopic quantum phenomena. Virtually all ice on Earth's surface and in its atmosphere is of a hexagonal crystalline structure denoted as ice Ih (spoken as "ice one h") with minute traces of cubic ice, denoted as ice Ic and, more recently found, Ice VII inclusions in diamonds. The most common phase transition to ice Ih occurs when liquid water is cooled below 0 °C (273.15 K, 32 °F) at standard atmospheric pressure. It may also be deposited directly by water vapor, as happens in the formation of frost. The transition from ice to water is melting and from ice directly to water vapor is sublimation. Ice is used in a variety of ways, including for cooling, for winter sports, and ice sculpting.


  1. ice

    Ice is a solid phase of water and occurs when it is frozen, typically forming a clear, crystalline substance below the temperature of 0°C (32°F). This substance is commonly found in cold climates or in refrigeration and cooling apparatus. It can take various forms such as hail, frost, icicles, and glaciers. It is also commonly used to cool beverages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Icenoun

    water or other fluid frozen or reduced to the solid state by cold; frozen water. It is a white or transparent colorless substance, crystalline, brittle, and viscoidal. Its specific gravity (0.92, that of water at 4¡ C. being 1.0) being less than that of water, ice floats.

  2. Icenoun

    concreted sugar

  3. Icenoun

    water, cream, custard, etc., sweetened, flavored, and artificially frozen

  4. Icenoun

    any substance having the appearance of ice; as, camphor ice

  5. Iceverb

    to cover with ice; to convert into ice, or into something resembling ice

  6. Iceverb

    to cover with icing, or frosting made of sugar and milk or white of egg; to frost, as cakes, tarts, etc

  7. Iceverb

    to chill or cool, as with ice; to freeze

  8. Etymology: [OE. is, iis, AS. s; aksin to D. ijs, G. eis, OHG. s, Icel. ss, Sw. is, Dan. iis, and perh. to E. iron.]


  1. Ice

    Ice is water frozen into a solid state. It can appear transparent or opaque bluish-white color, depending on the presence of impurities or air inclusions. The addition of other materials such as soil may further alter its appearance. Ice appears naturally in forms of snowflakes, hail, icicles, ice spikes and candles, glaciers, pack ice, frost, and polar ice caps. It is an important component of the global climate and plays an important role in the water cycle. Furthermore, ice has numerous cultural applications, from ice cooling of drinks to winter sports to the art of ice sculpting. The molecules in solid ice may be arranged in numerous different ways, called phases, depending on the temperature and pressure. Typically, ice is the phase known as ice Ih, which is the most abundant of the varying solid phases on Earth's surface The most common phase transition to ice Ih occurs when liquid water is cooled below 0°C at standard atmospheric pressure. It can also deposit from vapour with no intervening liquid phase, such as in the formation of frost. The word is derived from Old English īs, which in turn stems from Proto-Germanic isaz.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ice

    īs, n. water congealed by freezing: concreted sugar, a frozen confection of sweetened cream or the juice of various fruits.—v.t. to cover with ice: to freeze: to cover with concreted sugar:—pr.p. ic′ing; pa.p. iced.—ns. Ice′-age (geol.), the glacial epoch, its records included in the Pleistocene system, the chief relics morainic materials, boulder-clay or till, believed to have been formed under glacial ice; Ice′-an′chor, an anchor with one arm for securing a vessel to an ice-floe; Ice′-bird, the little auk or sea-dove; Ice′blink, the peculiar appearance in the air reflected from distant masses of ice; Ice′boat, a boat used for forcing a passage through or being dragged over ice.—adj. Ice′-bound, bound, surrounded, or fixed in with ice.—ns. Ice′-brook, a frozen brook; Ice′-cream, Iced′-cream, cream sweetened or flavoured, and artificially frozen.—adj. Iced, covered with ice: encrusted with sugar.—n. Ice′-fall, a glacier.—n.pl. Ice′-feath′ers, peculiar feather-like forms assumed by ice at the summits of mountains.—ns. Ice′-fern, the fern-like encrustation which is found on windows during frost; Ice′field, a large field or sheet of ice; Ice′float, Ice′floe, a large mass of floating ice; Ice′foot, a belt of ice forming round the shores in Arctic regions—also Ice′-belt, Ice′-ledge, Ice′-wall; Ice′house, a house for preserving ice; Ice′-ī′sland, an island of floating ice; Ice′man, a man skilled in travelling upon ice: a dealer in ice: a man in attendance at any frozen pond where skating, &c., are going on; Ice′pack, drifting ice packed together; Ice′-pail, a pail filled with ice for cooling bottles of wine; Ice′-plant, a plant whose leaves glisten in the sun as if covered with ice; Ice′-plough, an instrument for cutting grooves in ice to facilitate its removal; Ice′-saw, a large saw for cutting through ice to free ships, &c.; Ice′-spar, a variety of feldspar remarkable for its transparent ice-like crystals; Ice′-wa′ter, water from melted ice: iced water.—adv. Ic′ily.—ns. Ic′iness; Ic′ing, a covering of ice or concreted sugar.—adjs. Ic′y, composed of, abounding in, or like ice: frosty: cold: chilling: without warmth of affection; Ic′y-pearled (Milt.), studded with pearls or spangles of ice.—Break the ice (see Break). [A.S. is; Ger. eis, Ice., Dan. is.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. ice

    [coined by Usenetter Tom Maddox, popularized by William Gibson's cyberpunk SF novels: a contrived acronym for ‘Intrusion Countermeasure Electronics’] Security software (in Gibson's novels, software that responds to intrusion by attempting to immobilize or even literally kill the intruder). Hence, icebreaker: a program designed for cracking security on a system.Neither term is in serious use yet as of late 2003, but many hackers find the metaphor attractive, and each may develop a denotation in the future. In the meantime, the speculative usage could be confused with ‘ICE’, an acronym for “in-circuit emulator”.In ironic reference to the speculative usage, however, some hackers and computer scientists formed ICE (International Cryptographic Experiment) in 1994. ICE is a consortium to promote uniform international access to strong cryptography.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ice

    The solid substance formed by the FREEZING of water.


  1. ice

    Ice.com is one of the leading e-commerce website that sells diamonds, engagement rings, watches, earrings and all other types of jewelry. It raised $47 million from Polaris Venture Partners and Ignition Partners. The online retailer opened its doors in 1999 and has grown to annual sales of $83.4 million.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ice

    In high latitudes, during the winter, rivers are frequently covered with ice of sufficient thickness to sustain the heaviest loads. This means of communication should be used with great circumspection. A change of temperature may not only suddenly destroy this natural bridge, but render the river impassable by any method for a considerable time in consequence of the floating ice.

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  2. ICE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ICE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ice is ranked #8295 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ice surname appeared 3,994 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ice.

    88.5% or 3,538 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 211 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 82 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 69 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 56 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.9% or 38 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ice' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2644

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ice' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2081

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ice' in Nouns Frequency: #1100

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ice in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ice in a Sentence

  1. Conrad Anker:

    They're going in Khumbu Icefall and, as we found out on April 18, Khumbu Icefall's Khumbu Icefall, they're exposed to the tumbling ice, hanging seracs above it. It's very, very dangerous. It's the most dangerous place I've been in the mountains.

  2. Leighton Woodhouse:

    There's an inflationary effect on moral capital, say your position is ‘abolish ICE.’ At first, that seems really edgy. You have high moral capital for taking this position.

  3. Susan Adie:

    We are going to see more scrawny bears in the long term, directly linked to a loss of sea ice.

  4. Russel Lilly:

    Unilevers ice cream portfolio includes iconic and beloved brands, when creating new products, we look at key trends and what consumers want in their treats to ensure were creating innovative flavors and expanding the variety of product shapes and sizes that our fans will love.

  5. Kent Moore:

    The ice in the central Arctic is between 2 and 3 years old, and then the really old ice is in this Last Ice Area.

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