Definition of ice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//aɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//aɪs//
    Snow and ice
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  1. 1  [uncountable] water that has frozen and become solid There was ice on the windows. The lake was covered with a sheet of ice. My hands are as cold as ice. see also icy, black ice, dry ice See related entries: Snow and ice
  2. 2[singular] (also the ice) a frozen surface that people skate on The dancers came out onto the ice. Both teams are on the ice, waiting for the whistle.
  3. 3  [uncountable] a piece of ice used to keep food and drinks cold I'll have lemonade please—no ice.
  4. 4 [countable] (old-fashioned, especially British English) an ice cream Drinks, ices and popcorn are all on sale in the foyer.
  5. 5 [uncountable] (North American English) a type of sweet food that consists of ice that has been crushed and flavoured
  6. Word OriginOld English īs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ijs and German Eis.Extra examples Ice had formed on the pond. Is the ice thick enough to walk on? Motorists have been warned about black ice on the roads. People were skating on the ice. The glass was filled with green liquid and crushed ice. The ice was beginning to melt. The spray froze and formed great blocks of ice on the front of the ship. You’re skating on thin ice.Idioms
    be skating/walking on thin ice
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    to be taking a risk
    to say or do something that makes people feel more relaxed, especially at the beginning of a meeting, party, etc. see also icebreaker (2) Jim organized a few party games to break the ice when people first arrived.
    cut no ice (with somebody)
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    to have no influence or effect on somebody His excuses cut no ice with me.
    1. 1(of wine, etc.) kept cold by being surrounded by ice All the food is laid out and the champagne is on ice.
    2. 2(of a plan, etc.) not being dealt with now; waiting to be dealt with at a later time We've had to put our plans on ice for the time being.
    3. 3(of entertainment, etc.) performed by skaters on an ice rink Cinderella on ice
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ice