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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ICE

I see some man in the East has a fad for breaking the ice in the river and going swimming.

If the ice that froze up the spring of his love would but begin to melt!

Of course, every effort should be made to keep the ice from wasting.

Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.

When he found that the ice was out and the beer warm and flat, he was furious.

Then strain the liquid into a freezer, and proceed as for ice cream.

Snow, when it can be procured, is still better than ice to mix with the salt.

If you ice it, add a few drops of essence of lemon to the icing.

The ice was fairly broken,—Maltravers was at home with the Mertons.

We was going to get ice t'day, but they didn't throw it off when the train went through.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English is "ice" (also the name of the rune for -i-), from Proto-Germanic *isa- (cf. Old Norse iss, Old Frisian is, Dutch ijs, German Eis), with no certain cognates beyond Germanic, though possible relatives are Avestan aexa- "frost, ice," isu- "frosty, icy;" Afghan asai "frost." Slang meaning "diamonds" is attested from 1906.

Ice cube attested from 1904. Ice age attested from 1832. To break the ice "to make the first opening to any attempt" is from 1580s, 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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