Definition of dry ice in US English:

dry ice

noun

  • 1Solid carbon dioxide.

    • ‘The samples of the first plant harvested from each pot were frozen immediately on dry ice and stored at - 20°C.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cicadas were frozen on dry ice in the field or preserved in 95% ethanol and stored in an ultrafreezer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These ice caps are composed of both ice and dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) and grow or shrink as the seasons change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In its solid form, known as dry ice, it is used to chill perishable food during transport.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We make dry ice, and we put carbon dioxide into tanks.’
    • ‘Carbon dioxide released from evaporating dry ice will kill all animal life in the container.’
    • ‘Galen Kaufman discovered that a pear kept cool with dry ice had become carbonated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the solid form known as dry ice, it is widely used as a refrigerant.’
    • ‘Afterwards the suspension was quick-frozen using dry ice.’
    1. 1.1 The cold dense white mist produced by solid carbon dioxide in air, used for theatrical effects.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We want to use dry ice as an effect.’
      • ‘The meal begins with a smoking tray of cold antipasti (with dry ice providing the smoke).’
      • ‘All we get is dry ice, some comic turns and a dull trudge through the main plot points.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use dry ice to create the mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's dry ice mixed with steam.’
      • ‘From the mist of dry ice and ‘80s techno music two solitary figures stepped forward into plain view.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The next zone will be decorated with flowers and colorful cloths, and dry ice will furnish a soft and dreamy atmosphere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘They had also brought in some dry ice, which enveloped everyone in a soft, powdery fog.’
      • ‘A machine at the side of the stage belches dry ice.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

dry ice

/ˈˌdraɪ ˈaɪs//ˈˌdrī ˈīs/