There are 3 definitions of ice in English:

ice1

Syllabification: ice

noun

1Frozen water, a brittle, transparent crystalline solid: the pipes were blocked with ice
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  • Her foot broke through a patch of brittle ice to black frozen mud below.
  • In a matter of seconds, the toxarin was frozen into a solid block of ice.
  • A blue beam shot out of my armor and froze Floria in a solid block of ice.
Synonyms
frozen water, icicles; black ice, frost, rime, glaze
1.1Complete absence of friendliness or affection in manner or expression: the ice in his voice was only to hide the pain
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  • The ice in his voice didn't match the warmth in his eyes.
  • The second movement, the composer told me, should be played not expressively, but like ice.
  • His voice was like ice, sending a chill through my body.
Synonyms
2North American A frozen mixture of fruit juice or flavored water and sugar.
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  • A tray of miniature fruit ices appeared after dessert, along with mint truffles and slivers of candied ginger.
  • Low-fat means sorbet, ices, frozen yogurt, sherbet, or low-fat ice cream.
  • The menu also has milkshakes and fruit ices, but nobody ever seems to order them.
3 informal Diamonds.
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  • The pricey drink comes with just one piece of ice: a diamond.
4 informal An illegal profit made from reselling tickets.
4.1Money paid in graft or bribery.
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  • Yes, I know you really want a British driver to win so you can get the bunting out but this is formula one, where only winning and money cut any ice.
5 informal Methamphetamine.

verb

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1Decorate (a cake) with icing.
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  • If they can't wait long enough to ice fairy cakes, have some extra that can be eaten immediately.
  • I slammed the kitchen door on the pair of them and set about icing my cake.
  • England, however, made the fatal error of believing this advance publicity - and in their haste, they tried to ice their cake before it had had time to cool.
Synonyms
frost, cover with icing, glaze
2North American informal Clinch (something such as a victory or deal).
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  • Her three-point play with 1: 31 left iced the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma in San Antonio.
  • Detroit has iced a contender in each of the past dozen years.
3North American informal Kill: a man had been iced by the police
4 Ice Hockey Shoot (the puck) so as to commit icing.
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  • Mr O'Connor, to the penalty box with you, as you have stepped way over the blue line and iced this puck.
  • However, the linesmen whistled the Rangers for icing with 1.6 seconds remaining.
  • The puck started to go down the ice and it looked like it would be icing.

Origin

Old English īs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ijs and German Eis.

Phrases

break the ice

Do or say something to relieve tension or get conversation going at the start of a party or when people meet for the first time.
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  • I thought if I had one at home I could use it as a conversation piece, to break the ice at parties.
  • Perhaps next time, we should break the ice and make proper conversation.
  • Although watching together broke the ice, the tension was still there.

on ice

1(Of wine or food) kept chilled by being surrounded by ice.
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  • But it was the champions-elect that were sent home in defeat, the champagne, for now at least, chilling on ice.
  • The samples were heated for 6-7 min, then chilled on ice, and centrifuged.
  • Spoon some lobster noodles in a bowl that is chilled on ice.
1.1(Especially of a plan or proposal) held in reserve for future consideration: the recommendation was put on ice
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  • Mr Wicks said putting the plans on ice would cut down the overall cost of the massive engineering scheme by an estimated £220m.
  • Initially, it was hoped the family would jet off to the States this summer but the gruelling chemotherapy sessions have put plans on ice.
  • Early in March, Genesis Energy put plans on ice for two coal-fired power stations in Huntly.
2(Of an entertainment) performed by skaters: Cinderella on Ice
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  • It would be a unique event as Indians for the first time would get to watch white bear performing on ice.
  • In 1973, at the age of 9, Nina Ananiashvili performed on ice an adaptation of Michel Fokine's solo The Dying Swan.
  • Everyone has watched accomplished skaters spin on ice.

on thin ice

In a precarious or risky situation: you’re skating on thin ice
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  • When you deal with this subject you skate on thin ice.
  • His reign has been very controversial and he is on thin ice already.
  • Like the rest of the field, Woods was swinging on thin ice, knowing that the slightest false step or slice of misfortune would draw blood.
Synonyms
in a risky situation, at risk, in peril, imperiled, living dangerously, living on the edge

Phrasal verbs

ice over (or up)

Become completely covered or blocked with ice: the wings iced over, forcing the pilot to dive
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  • Suddenly he ran across an iced over puddle of water and he fell down onto the snow.
  • It's also kind of dangerous because there is a water spout that empties right there and that ices over at night.
  • Quickly, he turned to the door and found the handle and the seams of the door iced over, which helped trap the water as well.

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Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected

There are 3 definitions of ice in English:

ICE2

Syllabification: ICE

abbreviation

Internal combustion engine.

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Word of the day anomalous
Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected

There are 3 definitions of ice in English:

ICE3

Syllabification: ICE

noun

An entry stored in a person’s cellular phone that provides emergency contact information: paramedics failed to check his phone for ICE [as modifier]: a newer phone may have an ICE key
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  • Everyone should put a contact number in their mobile phone and name it ICE (In Case of Emergency)
  • The idea is that you enter the word ICE in your cellphone address book and against it the number of the person who you would want to be contacted 'in case of emergency'.
  • We have been inundated with emails and phone calls from people worried that, having put ICE into their mobiles, they are now going to be charged for the privilege.

verb

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Program (a cellular phone) with emergency information: frequent flyers are among those who routinely ICE their cell phones
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  • Another post-SPI photo by Tom Dowling - Still some ICEing problems, but SPI is less likely to be ICEd.

Origin

early 21st century: acronym from in case of emergency.

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Word of the day anomalous
Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected