Nautical. a ship specially built for breaking navigable passages through ice.
an opening remark, action, etc., designed to ease tension or relieve formality: A mild joke can be a good icebreaker.
a tool or machine for chopping ice into small pieces.

1810–20, Americanism; ice + breaker1 Unabridged
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icebreaker (ˈaɪsˌbreɪkə)
1.  Also called: iceboat a vessel with a reinforced bow for breaking up the ice in bodies of water to keep channels open for navigation
2.  any tool or device for breaking ice into smaller pieces
3.  something intended to relieve mutual shyness at a gathering of strangers

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Computing Dictionary

icebreaker definition

security, jargon
A program designed for cracking security on a system.
See also: ICE.
[Jargon File]

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Her winningly chipmunk-cheeked smile is doled out sparingly, a privilege to be earned, rather than an icebreaker or an entreaty.
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