see also: ICE, Ice
  • (British, America) IPA: /aɪs/
  • (CA, many US accents) IPA: [ʌɪs]


  1. (uncountable) Water in frozen (solid) form.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shake-speare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (First Quarto), London: Printed [by Valentine Simmes] for N[icholas] L[ing] and Iohn Trundell, published 1603, OCLC 84758312 ↗, [Act III, scene i] ↗:
      If thou doſt marry, Ile giue thee / This plague to thy dowry: / Be thou as chaſte as yce, as pure as ſnowe, / Thou ſhalt not ſcape calumny, to a Nunnery goe.
    • 1882, Popular Science Monthly (volume 20), "The Freezing of a Salt Lake"
      It has always been difficult to explain how ice is formed on the surface of oceans while the temperature of maximum density is lower than that of cogelation, and the observations on this lake were instituted in the hope that they might throw light upon the subject.
  2. (uncountable, physics, astronomy) Any frozen volatile chemical, such as ammonia or carbon dioxide.
  3. (uncountable, astronomy) Any volatile chemical, such as water, ammonia, or carbon dioxide, not necessarily in solid form.
  4. (countable) A frozen dessert made of fruit juice, water and sugar.
  5. (UK, countable, dated) An ice cream.
  6. (uncountable) Any substance having the appearance of ice.
  7. (uncountable, slang) One or more diamonds.
  8. (uncountable, slang, drugs) Crystal form of amphetamine-based drugs.
  9. (uncountable, ice hockey) The area where a game of ice hockey is played.
    • 2006, CBC, Finland, Sweden 'the dream final', February 26 2002,
      The neighbouring countries have enjoyed many great battles on the ice. They last met for gold at the 1998 world championship, won by Sweden. Three years earlier, Finland bested Sweden for the only world title in its history.
  10. (slang) Money paid as a bribe.
    • 1960, United States. Congress, Congressional Record
      Theater operators, theater party agents, playwrights, and others who have ready access to tickets may get in on the “ice” and sometimes the producer is in on it too.
    • 1970, Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates
      This “ice” is bribe money paid to public officials to purchase protection for illegal activities. […] Just consider the “ice” money available to the men involved in the examples just cited.

ice (ices, present participle icing; past and past participle iced)

  1. (transitive) To cool with ice, as a beverage.
    • 2008, Deirdre Pitney, ‎Donna Dourney, Triathlon Training For Dummies (page 240)
      To treat runner's knee, you need to rest from running or any other high-impact activity, ice the knee, and strengthen the quadriceps through weight training.
  2. (intransitive) To become ice; to freeze.
  3. (transitive) To make icy; to freeze.
  4. (transitive, slang) To murder.
  5. (transitive) To cover with icing (frosting made of sugar and milk or white of egg); to frost; as cakes, tarts, etc.
  6. (ice hockey) To put out a team for a match.
    Milton Keynes have yet to ice a team this season
  7. (ice hockey) To shoot the puck the length of the playing surface, causing a stoppage in play called icing.
    If the Bruins ice the puck, the faceoff will be in their own zone.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: glacer
  • Italian: glassare
  • Portuguese: cobrir
  • Russian: глазирова́ть

Proper noun
  1. (sports) Abbreviation of Iceland#English|Iceland.
  2. Initialism of Institution of Civil Engineers
  3. (government, US) Initialism of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  4. (rail transport) Initialism of Intercity-Express

ice (plural ices)

  1. (automotive) Acronym of internal combustion engine, internal-combustion engine
  2. (computing) Initialism of internal compiler error
  3. (computing) in-circuit emulator, in-circuit emulation
  4. Initialism of In Case of Emergency used in mobile phones followed by the number to call if the phone’s owner is injured
  5. (automotive) Initialism of in-car entertainment
  6. Initialism of International Cultural Exchange
  7. (medical) Initialism of ice, compress, elevation first-aid
  8. Initialism of intercontinental exchange

ice (ICEs, present participle ICEing; past and past participle ICEd)

  1. (automotive, slang) To occupy a reserved electric car parking space (especially one equipped with a charger) with a traditional car equipped with an internal combustion engine.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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