Definition of dry ice in US English:

dry ice

noun

  • 1Solid carbon dioxide.

    • ‘Carbon dioxide released from evaporating dry ice will kill all animal life in the container.’
    • ‘We make dry ice, and we put carbon dioxide into tanks.’
    • ‘At atmospheric pressures found on Earth, dry ice undergoes sublimation at - 109.3°F.’
    • ‘Using dry ice, glycerol and helium gas, other exciting shapes and possibilities open up.’
    • ‘In the solid form known as dry ice, it is widely used as a refrigerant.’
    • ‘There is no danger at all in consuming a drink that was cooled down using dry ice - most of the carbon dioxide will just sublimate into the air.’
    • ‘Galen Kaufman discovered that a pear kept cool with dry ice had become carbonated.’
    • ‘In its solid form, known as dry ice, it is used to chill perishable food during transport.’
    • ‘We also flash-froze five copulating pairs from each group by pouring ethanol, supercooled by dry ice, directly on copulating pairs.’
    • ‘Cell suspensions were transferred to tubes, frozen immediately on dry ice and stored at - 80°C until analysis.’
    • ‘The samples of the first plant harvested from each pot were frozen immediately on dry ice and stored at - 20°C.’
    • ‘Cicadas were frozen on dry ice in the field or preserved in 95% ethanol and stored in an ultrafreezer.’
    • ‘Afterwards the suspension was quick-frozen using dry ice.’
    • ‘Cell pellets from each cell line were shipped on dry ice to 6 laboratories for DNA extraction and molecular genetic testing, performed per local standard procedures.’
    • ‘The spinal cords were frozen with dry ice and transverse sections were cut and collected.’
    • ‘These ice caps are composed of both ice and dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) and grow or shrink as the seasons change.’
    • ‘The remnants of the abdomen and the thorax were returned immediately to a tube on dry ice and then frozen at - 70° awaiting DNA isolation.’
    • ‘An example of sublimation occurs with dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) when it is exposed to room temperature, or sulphur when it is heated gradually without being ignited.’
    • ‘I have also heard of vending machines that sell more bizarre products such as dry ice and kerosene, though I am yet to see these myself.’
    • ‘Silver iodide and dry ice are examples of ‘glaciogenic’ agents, and they only help to produce rain in clouds of sufficiently low temperatures.’
    1. 1.1 The cold dense white mist produced by solid carbon dioxide in air, used for theatrical effects.
      • ‘The mapping out and execution of the big $20 million job is quite entertaining and featured some set-pieces I had never seen before; dry ice in particular is used to great effect.’
      • ‘The New York born glam-rockers hit the stage in a billowy cloud of dry ice and flashing neon rainbow lights, grooving to Dolly Parton's ‘Baby, I'm Burning.’’
      • ‘But once I loved the nightlife, and I was recently lured back by the offer of limp cocktails, dry ice and a chance to see how the young folks are doing it.’
      • ‘The next zone will be decorated with flowers and colorful cloths, and dry ice will furnish a soft and dreamy atmosphere.’
      • ‘In that upper space, blinds were drawn over the windows to create a mysterious realm, the pipe organ at the far end looming dark through clouds of dry ice.’
      • ‘From the mist of dry ice and ‘80s techno music two solitary figures stepped forward into plain view.’
      • ‘It has the soft rock music, dry ice, sparkly lights and people floating around as if they are popping off to a masked Venetian ball.’
      • ‘Stunned crowds watched as he shifted voices without any warning, singing choruses in a glass-shattering high counter tenor before exiting the stage by disappearing back into clouds of dry ice.’
      • ‘All we get is dry ice, some comic turns and a dull trudge through the main plot points.’
      • ‘Partially fill a plastic cauldron with hot water, and then add dry ice and a glow stick to create an eerie centerpiece for your table.’
      • ‘A machine at the side of the stage belches dry ice.’
      • ‘Use dry ice to create the mood.’
      • ‘It's dry ice mixed with steam.’
      • ‘We want to use dry ice as an effect.’
      • ‘The set started with some crazy electric guitar and the band coming one by one from a trapdoor in the stage, being spewed forth with clouds of dry ice.’
      • ‘They had also brought in some dry ice, which enveloped everyone in a soft, powdery fog.’
      • ‘It misted as though there was dry ice in it and bubbled, sparking every so often.’
      • ‘She apparently appears at seminars out of a billowing cloud of dry ice.’
      • ‘Computer animations were projected onto the cable car station above the crowd and a dazzling array of lights and dry ice filled the night air.’
      • ‘The meal begins with a smoking tray of cold antipasti (with dry ice providing the smoke).’

Pronunciation

dry ice

/ˈˌdraɪ ˈaɪs//ˈˌdrī ˈīs/