Definition of dry ice in US English:

dry ice

noun

  • 1Solid carbon dioxide.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In its solid form, known as dry ice, it is used to chill perishable food during transport.’
    • ‘Silver iodide and dry ice are examples of ‘glaciogenic’ agents, and they only help to produce rain in clouds of sufficiently low temperatures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We also flash-froze five copulating pairs from each group by pouring ethanol, supercooled by dry ice, directly on copulating pairs.’
    • ‘Using dry ice, glycerol and helium gas, other exciting shapes and possibilities open up.’
    • ‘At atmospheric pressures found on Earth, dry ice undergoes sublimation at - 109.3°F.’
    • ‘The samples of the first plant harvested from each pot were frozen immediately on dry ice and stored at - 20°C.’
    • ‘These ice caps are composed of both ice and dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) and grow or shrink as the seasons change.’
    • ‘The spinal cords were frozen with dry ice and transverse sections were cut and collected.’
    • ‘In the solid form known as dry ice, it is widely used as a refrigerant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cicadas were frozen on dry ice in the field or preserved in 95% ethanol and stored in an ultrafreezer.’
    • ‘Cell suspensions were transferred to tubes, frozen immediately on dry ice and stored at - 80°C until analysis.’
    • ‘Afterwards the suspension was quick-frozen using dry ice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Galen Kaufman discovered that a pear kept cool with dry ice had become carbonated.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The cold dense white mist produced by solid carbon dioxide in air, used for theatrical effects.
      ‘you couldn't see him through the swirling mists of dry ice’
      • ‘It misted as though there was dry ice in it and bubbled, sparking every so often.’
      • ‘All we get is dry ice, some comic turns and a dull trudge through the main plot points.’
      • ‘It's dry ice mixed with steam.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A machine at the side of the stage belches dry ice.’
      • ‘We want to use dry ice as an effect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’’
      • ‘She apparently appears at seminars out of a billowing cloud of dry ice.’
      • ‘Use dry ice to create the mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From the mist of dry ice and ‘80s techno music two solitary figures stepped forward into plain view.’
      • ‘They had also brought in some dry ice, which enveloped everyone in a soft, powdery fog.’
      • ‘The next zone will be decorated with flowers and colorful cloths, and dry ice will furnish a soft and dreamy atmosphere.’
      • ‘The meal begins with a smoking tray of cold antipasti (with dry ice providing the smoke).’

Pronunciation

dry ice

/ˈˌdrī ˈīs//ˈˌdraɪ ˈaɪs/