break the ice


the solid form of water, produced by freezing; frozen water.
the frozen surface of a body of water.
any substance resembling frozen water: camphor ice.
a frozen dessert made of sweetened water and fruit juice.
British, ice cream.
icing, as on a cake.
reserve; formality: The ice of his manner betrayed his dislike of the new ambassador.
a diamond or diamonds.
protection money paid to the police by the operator of an illicit business.
a fee that a ticket broker pays to a theater manager in order to receive a favorable allotment of tickets.
verb (used with object), iced, icing.
to cover with ice.
to change into ice; freeze.
to cool with ice, as a drink.
to cover (cake, sweet rolls, etc.) with icing; frost.
to refrigerate with ice, as air.
to make cold, as if with ice.
to preserve by placing on ice.
Ice Hockey. (especially in Canada) to put (a team) into formal play.
to settle or seal; make sure of, as by signing a contract: We'll ice the deal tomorrow.
to make (a business arrangement) more attractive by adding features or benefits: The star pitcher wouldn't sign his new contract until the team iced it with a big bonus.
to kill, especially to murder: The mobsters threatened to ice him if he went to the police.
Sports Slang. to establish a winning score or insurmountable lead in or otherwise assure victory in (a game or contest): Her second goal iced the game.
verb (used without object), iced, icing.
to change to ice; freeze: The sherbet is icing in the refrigerator.
to be coated with ice (often followed by up ): The windshield has iced up.
of or made of ice: ice shavings; an ice sculpture.
for holding ice and food or drink to be chilled: an ice bucket; an ice chest.
on or done on the ice: ice yachting.
break the ice,
to succeed initially; make a beginning.
to overcome reserve, awkwardness, or formality within a group, as in introducing persons: The chairman broke the ice with his warm and very amusing remarks.
cut no ice, Informal. to have no influence or importance; fail to impress: Her father's position cuts no ice with me.
ice it, Slang. stop it; that's enough: You've been complaining all day, so ice it.
ice the puck, Ice Hockey. to hit the puck to the far end of the rink, especially from the defensive area across the offensive area.
on ice, Informal.
with a good chance of success or realization: Now that the contract is on ice we can begin operating again.
out of activity, as in confinement or imprisonment.
in a state of abeyance or readiness: Let's put that topic on ice for the moment.
on thin ice, in a precarious or delicate situation: You may pass the course, but you're on thin ice right now. Also, skating on thin ice.

before 900; 1905–10 for def 8a; Middle English, Old English īs; cognate with German Eis, Old Norse īss

iceless, adjective
icelike, adjective
reice, verb, reiced, reicing.
unice, verb (used with object), uniced, unicing. Unabridged
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ice (aɪs)
1.  water in the solid state, formed by freezing liquid waterRelated: glacial
2.  a portion of ice cream
3.  slang a diamond or diamonds
4.  the field of play in ice hockey
5.  slang a concentrated and highly potent form of methamphetamine with dangerous side effects
6.  break the ice
 a.  to relieve shyness, etc, esp between strangers
 b.  to be the first of a group to do something
7.  informal cut no ice to fail to make an impression
8.  on ice in abeyance; pending
9.  on thin ice unsafe or unsafely; vulnerable or vulnerably
10.  informal (NZ) the Ice Antarctica
vb (often foll by up, over, etc)
11.  to form or cause to form ice; freeze
12.  (tr) to mix with ice or chill (a drink, etc)
13.  (tr) to cover (a cake, etc) with icing
14.  slang (US) (tr) to kill
15.  chiefly (Canadian) in ice hockey
 a.  to shoot the puck from one end of the rink to the other
 b.  to select which players will play in a game
Related: glacial
[Old English īs; compare Old High German īs, Old Norse īss]

abbreviation for
Institution of Civil Engineers

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Word Origin & History

O.E. is "ice," from P.Gmc. *isa- (cf. O.N. iss, O.Fris. is, Du. ijs, Ger. Eis), with no certain cognates beyond Gmc. Slang meaning "diamonds" is attested from 1906. Ice cream is first recorded 1688 (as iced cream); icing in the sugary sense is from 1769; ice cube first recorded 1929. To break the ice
"to make the first opening to any attempt" is from 1590, metaphoric of making passages for boats by breaking up river ice though in modern use usually with implications of "cold reserve."
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Science Dictionary
ice   (īs)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A solid consisting of frozen water. Ice forms at or below a temperature of 0°C (32°F). Ice expands during the process of freezing, with the result that its density is lower than that of water.

  2. A solid form of a substance, especially of a substance that is a liquid or a gas at room temperature at sea level on Earth. The nuclei of many comets contain methane ice.

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Cultural Dictionary

break the ice definition

To remove the tension at a first meeting, at the opening of a party, etc.: “That joke really broke the ice at the conference; we all relaxed afterward.”

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  1. Institute for Christian Economics

  2. internal-combustion engine

  3. International Cultural Exchange

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Ice definition

frequently mentioned (Job 6:16; 38:29; Ps. 147:17, etc.). (See CRYSTAL.)

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Idioms & Phrases

break the ice

  1. Make a start, pave the way, as in Newton's theories broke the ice for modern physics. This idiom alludes to breaking ice in a channel so that a ship can pass. [Early 1600s] Also see break ground.

  2. Relax a tense or very formal situation, as in Someone at the conference table will have to break the ice. [Early 1600s]

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