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ice storm

a storm of freezing rain and widespread glaze formation.
Origin of ice storm
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • If anything could get through the ice-storm to-night, it was those two!

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • The ice-storm occurs in midwinter, and usually its enchantments are wrought in the silence and the darkness of the night.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Happily, Captain De Haven was spared the necessity of choosing between the alternatives: the ice-storm did not reach us.

  • It occurs to me now that I have never seen the ice-storm put upon canvas, and have not heard that any painter has tried to do it.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The wrath of the skipper leaning over the bow was almost more terrible to face than any ice-storm would have been.

  • The oversight is strange, for in America the ice-storm is an event.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for ice-storm

ice storm

(mainly US) a storm of freezing rain that deposits a glaze of ice on the ground
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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