- An entry stored in a person’s mobile phone that provides emergency contact information: [as modifier]: all mobile phone users should have an ICE contact in their phonesMore example sentences
- 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.
early 21st century: acronym from in case of emergency.
- 1 [mass noun] Frozen water, a brittle transparent crystalline solid: she scraped the ice off the windscreen her hands were as cold as iceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A sheet or layer of ice on the surface of water: the ice beneath him gave wayMore example sentences
- A thick layer of ice encrusted the surface of the dark water.
- There was a thin layer of ice on the surface, and she realised that her knees were getting wet through the fabric of her dress.
- The surface of the canal was a thick layer of ice except where the water plunged over stone and concrete falls for a drop of about twenty feet.
- 1.2Complete absence of friendliness or warmth in manner or expression: the ice in his voice was only to hide the painMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2chiefly British An ice cream, ice lolly, or portion of water ice.
- 2.1North American A frozen mixture of fruit juice or of flavoured water and sugar.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- The pricey drink comes with just one piece of ice: a diamond.
verb[with object] Back to top
- 1Decorate (a cake or biscuit) with icing.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2North American • informal Clinch (something such as a victory or deal).More example sentences
- 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.
break the ice
- Do or say something to relieve tension or get conversation going in a strained situation or when strangers meet.More example sentences
- 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.
ice the puck
- Ice Hockey Shoot the puck from one’s own half of the rink to the other end without it hitting the goal or being touched by a teammate, for which a face-off is awarded in one’s own end.More example sentences
- In addition, a team that is playing short-handed won't be allowed to ice the puck in either game.
- Also, the team icing the puck is prohibited from changing players until after the next face-off.
- They call offsides, offsides pass, icing the puck and handle all faceoffs but those at center ice.
- 1(Of wine or food) kept chilled by being surrounded by ice: the champagne was already on iceMore example sentences
- 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 iceMore example sentences
in abeyance, pending, ongoing, (up) in the air, (still) open, hanging fire, in the balance; in suspension, in a state of suspension, suspended, put to one side, in a state of uncertainty, in limbo, in no man's land, betwixt and between; deferred, postponed, put off; awaiting attention, awaiting decision, awaiting action, unattended to, outstanding, unfinished, incomplete; unresolved, undetermined, undecided, unsettled, unconcluded, uncertain• informal on the back burner, in cold storage
- 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: Dick Whittington on IceMore example sentences
- 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 iceMore example sentences
- 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.
- Become covered or blocked with ice: the wings iced over, forcing the pilot to diveMore example sentences
- Because even as I speak the freezer is icing up nicely.
- She could feel everything climbing to the top of her head, then stopping, icing over into one solid block.
- If the defrost timer fails, the freezer can ice up and stop cooling properly.
Old English īs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ijs and German Eis.