from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tapering spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping or falling water.
- n. Informal An aloof or emotionally unresponsive person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spear-shape of ice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pendent, and usually conical, mass of ice, formed by freezing of dripping water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pendent mass of ice tapering downward to a point, formed by the freezing of drops of water or other liquid flowing down from the place of attachment.
- n. In heraldry, same as goutte or drop, but reversed, with the point downward. Compare gutté reversed, under gutté.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ice resembling a pendent spear, formed by the freezing of dripping water
Middle English isikel : is, ice; see ice + ikel, icicle (from Old English gicel; see yeg- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English isykle, isikel, equivalent to ice + ickle. Cognate with Low German Isjäkel, Ishekel ("icicle"), Dutch ijskegel ("icicle"), Danish dialectal jisegel ("icicle"), Norwegian isjukel ("icicle"). More at ice, ickle. (Wiktionary)