Definition of icicle in English:


Syllabification: i·ci·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈīˌsik(ə)l


1A hanging, tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.
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  • Then, on location for 1993's The Age of Innocence in Troy, New York, Scorsese ran across an 1896 photo of a burned-out building, hauntingly dripping with icicles.
  • Anastas and his friends endure the cold water, watching icicles form on the brims of their neoprene hoods, to get some of the best surfing of the year.
  • I drank three coffees and forced myself out for a brisk walk to photograph the dripping icicles before they melt.
1.1A thin, shiny strip of plastic or foil hung on a Christmas tree for decoration.
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  • Ethereal and intricate hangings made from beaded ceramics, lace, and even origami feature alongside more familiar designs including shiny baubles and icicles.
  • To tell you the truth, I think there were more icicles in the girls' hair than on the Christmas tree!


Middle English: from ice + dialect ickle 'icicle' (from Old English gicel).

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