Definition of ice work in English:

ice work

Pronunciation /ˈʌɪs wəːk/


  • 1Ornamentation executed in or consisting of ice, or having the appearance of ice; frosted work, (also) ice sculpture.

  • 2Geology
    The action of glaciers and ice sheets in eroding and shaping the landscape; the result of this. Now chiefly historical.

  • 3Nautical
    Navigation in ice; ice-breaking.

  • 4Mountaineering
    Climbing on icy surfaces; the techniques of such climbing.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Savage (?1698–1743), poet and playwright. From ice + work.