American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A place where ice is made, stored, or sold.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A structure, usually with double walls, packed between with sawdust or some similar non-conducting material, used for the storage of ice. It usually incloses a pit or well, which has a drain to carry off the water resulting from the melting of the ice. A year's supply of ice for private use is often kept in a small ice-house constructed on this principle, sometimes partly or wholly underground. Ice-houses for supplying the trade in ice are commonly placed close to a lake or stream, and fitted with elevators and other appliances for gathering, storing, and shipping the ice. The term is sometimes, but less properly, applied to cold storage rooms and large refrigerators.
- n. A deep cellar or outdoor building used for the storage of ice; sometimes also used to store food at low temperature
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a close-covered pit or building for storing ice.
- n. a building used for storing ice, especially one built partly below ground and insulated so as to preserve ice obtained during the winter from frozen lakes or rivers.
- n. a house for storing ice
- ice + house (Wiktionary)
“The weathering of the mountains pulled carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, causing the opposite of a greenhouse effect -- an "icehouse" effect.”
“Combined, the cores tell the story of Antarctica's transition from an ice-free, warm, greenhouse world to an ice-covered, cold, dry "icehouse" world.”
“Gathering this information from cores has allowed Katz to develop important theories on one of the most recent and dramatic climate change events that has occurred in recent geologic history - the transition from the greenhouse climate of the Eocene epoch to the "icehouse" or glacial conditions of the Oligocene epoch approximately 33.5 million years ago.”
“The most likely source is Windsor Castle's icehouse, built in 1670 and used for keeping the royal household's supply of fish, game, poultry, wine and butter cool for the summer.”
“Bocanova brings a Latin American flavor to Oakland's Jack London Square waterfront, in a restored 1920s icehouse that is as eclectic as it is spacious.”
“Studying these past periods, when the Earth flipped from an "icehouse" state to a "greenhouse" state, will provide vital clues to how the planet is responding to continued greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, the report says.”
“In the early '80s Rubin felt that a vintage Ferrari he purchased had been "over-restored," so he leased an old icehouse in Southampton and began supervising the restoration and maintenance of the cars himself.”
“It was then that Rubin leased the icehouse and began personally supervising the cars' restoration.”
“His brother (after two weeks of my urging) finally checked the old icehouse.”
“Some days would find him returning to the cold comfort of the old abandoned icehouse near the beach with several bags of things he thought had enough value to be hefted and carried home.”
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