from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Water frozen solid.
  • n. A surface, layer, or mass of frozen water.
  • n. Something resembling frozen water: ammonia ice.
  • n. A frozen dessert consisting of water, sugar, and a liquid flavoring, often fruit juice.
  • n. Cake frosting; icing.
  • n. Slang Diamonds.
  • n. Sports The playing field in ice hockey; the rink.
  • n. Extreme unfriendliness or reserve.
  • n. Slang A payment over the listed price of a ticket for a public event.
  • n. Slang Methamphetamine.
  • transitive v. To coat or slick with solidly frozen water.
  • transitive v. To cause to become ice; freeze.
  • transitive v. To chill by setting in or as if in ice.
  • transitive v. To cover or decorate (a cake, for example) with a sugar coating.
  • transitive v. Slang To ensure of victory, as in a game; clinch.
  • transitive v. Sports To shoot (the puck) from one's defensive half of an ice hockey rink across the opponent's goal line outside of the goal.
  • transitive v. Slang To kill; murder.
  • intransitive v. To turn into or become coated with ice; freeze: The pond iced over.
  • idiom on ice Slang Assured of attainment or success: With the extra goal the victory was on ice.
  • idiom on ice Slang In reserve or readiness.
  • idiom on ice Slang Away from public notice or activity.
  • idiom on thin ice In a precarious position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Water in frozen (solid) form.
  • n. Any frozen volatile chemical, such as ammonia or carbon dioxide.
  • n. A frozen dessert made of fruit juice, water and sugar.
  • n. Any substance having the appearance of ice.
  • n. One or more diamonds.
  • n. Crystal form of methamphetamine.
  • n. The area where a game of ice hockey is played.
  • v. To cool with ice, as a beverage.
  • v. To become ice, to freeze.
  • v. : To murder.
  • v. To cover with icing (frosting made of sugar and milk or white of egg); to frost; as cakes, tarts, etc.
  • v. To put out a team for a match.
  • v. To shoot the puck the length of the playing surface, causing a stoppage in play called icing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Concreted sugar.
  • n. Water, cream, custard, etc., sweetened, flavored, and artificially frozen.
  • n. Any substance having the appearance of ice.
  • transitive v. To cover with ice; to convert into ice, or into something resembling ice.
  • transitive v. To cover with icing, or frosting made of sugar and milk or white of egg; to frost, as cakes, tarts, etc.
  • transitive v. To chill or cool, as with ice; to freeze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with ice; convert into ice; freeze.
  • To apply ice to; refrigerate; preserve in ice, as meat.
  • To cover with concreted sugar; frost.
  • A particular form (including the stem-vowel -i-) of the termination -ce, of Latin origin, as in avarice, justice, malice, notice, service, novice, etc.; also in words of later formation, as in cowardice. In practice the termination is historically a feminine form of -ic.
  • n. The solid form of water, produced by freezing.
  • n. Same as icing.
  • n. A frozen confection consisting
  • n. of sweetened and flavored cream, milk, or custard (cream-ice, ice-cream), or
  • n. of the sweetened juice of various fruits (water-ice).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put ice on or put on ice
  • n. diamonds
  • n. 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
  • n. water frozen in the solid state
  • n. a flavored sugar topping used to coat and decorate cakes
  • v. cause to become ice or icy
  • n. a rink with a floor of ice for ice hockey or ice skating
  • n. the frozen part of a body of water
  • n. a frozen dessert with fruit flavoring (especially one containing no milk)
  • n. 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
  • v. decorate with frosting


Middle English is, from Old English īs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English is, from Old English īs, from Proto-Germanic *īsan (compare West Frisian iis, Dutch ijs, Low Saxon (Low German) Ies, German Eis, Danish and Swedish is), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eiH- (compare Lithuanian ýnis ("glazed frost"), Russian иней (ínej, "hoarfrost"), Ossetian их (ix), ех (ex, "ice"), Persian یخ (yax)). (Wiktionary)


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  • As a verb, to put an end to or kill off.

    "James hit a driving layup in the second overtime with 26 seconds left and added a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play which iced the game" - Vancouver Sun, 1-10-08

    January 11, 2008