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


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

Middle English is, from Old English īs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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)).



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  • "Ice was also finally beginning to be used as a preservative. In 1785, Alexander Dalrymple of the East India Company described the ancient Chinese practice of packing fresh fish in ice and the penny dropped. His friend George Dempster passed the information on to his Scottish fish merchant; the Scottish fishing industry was transformed, and fresh salmon was despatched countrywide, safely and without the need for salt or pickle."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 270

    (this was about 1812--no specific date given)

    January 18, 2017

  • 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