Translation of ice in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /aɪs/


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable (frozen water) hielo (masculine) at 0°C water turns to ice a 0°C el agua se transforma en hielo the lakes and ponds turned to ice se helaron los lagos y estanques her feet turned to ice se le helaron or congelaron los pies your hands are like ice! ¡tienes las manos heladas! she has a heart of ice tiene el corazón como un témpano de hielo it's as cold as ice in here aquí hace un frío que te congelas on ice to put sth on ice dejar algo en suspenso, aparcar* algo (Spain/España) the plans have been put on ice until next year los planes han quedado en suspenso or han sido aparcados hasta el año que viene I'm keeping that money on ice just in case (American English/inglés norteamericano) voy a dejar ese dinero en reserva por si acaso that score put the game on ice for the Tigers (American English/inglés norteamericano) con ese tanto los Tigers se aseguraron la victoria to be o skate o walk o tread on thin ice estar* en or andar* por or pisar terreno peligroso or resbaladizo to break the ice (overcome reserve) romper* el hielo (American English/inglés norteamericano) (make a start) dar* los primeros pasos to cut no ice it cuts no ice with me me deja frío, me deja tal cual the proposal cut no ice la propuesta cayó en el vacío (before noun/delante del nombre) [crystal/cave] de hielo
    More 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.
  • 3 uncountable/no numerable (diamonds) [slang/argot] [dated/anticuado] pedruscos (masculine plural) [colloquial/familiar], brillantes (masculine plural)
    More example sentences
    • The pricey drink comes with just one piece of ice: a diamond.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [drink] enfriar*; (by adding ice cubes) ponerle* hielo a
  • 3 [victory] (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], asegurar
  • 4 [puck] lanzar* hasta el otro extremo de la pista

Phrasal verbs

ice over

ice up verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico)
[river/lake] helarse*, congelarse; [window/surface] helarse*, escarcharse

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.