Adjective "icicles" definition and examples

(Icicles may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A hanging, tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.
  1. 'Here, where the branches of my beautiful weeping white birch tree will soon be laden with frozen snow and long icicles, replacing the bright golden leaves that now grace them.'
  2. 'Somewhere inside, most of us are still trained to think of a seasonal cycle, part of which involves snowy landscapes, frost-crusted woods, icicles, frozen ponds.'
  3. 'We had three feet of snow, icicles everywhere on trees and buildings, and we skittered from fire to fire, knowing we were in the midst of something historic in literature.'
  4. 'Meanwhile dangerous icicles hanging from a railway bridge in Harrogate caused concern and were reported to Railtrack to be removed.'
  5. 'The water coming over my bow froze the control lines in place and icicles formed off the trailing edge of the mast, frozen horizontal by the wind flow.'
  6. 'Anastas and his friends endure the cold water, watching icicles form on the brims of their neoprene hoods, to get some of the best surfing of the year.'
  7. 'I drank three coffees and forced myself out for a brisk walk to photograph the dripping icicles before they melt.'
  8. 'Water dripped from icicles outside my window as the temperature rose above freezing for the first time in a long while in the heat of mid-afternoon.'
  9. 'Like most newcomers, all he wanted to do was slag the winter, unable to see the merits of this funny little town for the icicles and subzero temperatures.'
  10. 'The other photograph shows a picturesque frozen cascade formed by icicles clinging to the rock face of Old Town Quarry, Harwood, in 1963.'

More definitions

1. a pendent, tapering mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.

2. a thin strip of paper, plastic, or foil, usually silvery, for hanging on a Christmas tree as decoration.

3. a cold, unemotional person.

More examples(as adjective)

"crashings can be icicles."


(icicle)Middle English: from ice + dialect ickle ‘icicle’ (from Old English gicel).