American English

Definition of ice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 black ice, dry ice, icy
  2. 2[singular] 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[uncountable] a type of sweet food that consists of ice that has been crushed and flavored
  5. Idioms
    be skating/walking on thin ice
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    to be taking a risk
    break the ice
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    to say or do something that makes people feel more relaxed, especially at the beginning of a meeting, party, etc. see also icebreaker 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 someone 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 Learner's Dictionary entry: ice