from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin, nearly invisible coating of ice that forms on paved surfaces.

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  • n. An invisible film of ice over dark surfaces, such as pavement or water, that makes them dangerously slippery.

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  • n. a thin coating of ice (as from freezing mist) on a road or sidewalk; nearly invisible but very hazardous


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  • Evidently your car hit some black ice on the Youngman Express­way ... rolled four or five times, the patrolman said ...

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  • On the day Louis Steig received a call from his sister saying that their mother had collapsed and been admitted to a Denver hospital with a diagnosis of cancer, he promptly jumped into his Camaro, headed for Denver at high speed, hit a patch of black ice on the Boulder Turn­pike, flipped his car seven times, and ended up in a coma from a fractured skull and a severe concussion.

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  • The rock walls have been fused into black ice by the molten breath of the Nether Dragon.

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  • Black ice, also known as "glare ice" or "clear ice," typically refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface, often a roadway. Black ice is ice frozen without many air bubbles trapped inside, making it transparent. Black ice takes the color of the material it lies on top of, often wet asphalt or a darkened pond. Its difficult-to-detect nature makes it a significant hazard to drivers, pedestrians, and sailors.

    February 2, 2008