Definition of icing in English:


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Pronunciation /ˈīsiNG/ /ˈaɪsɪŋ/


  • 1A mixture of sugar with liquid or butter, typically flavored and colored, and used as a coating for cakes or cookies.

    • ‘The carton says: ‘Great for cakes, icings, biscuits, French toast, quiche, batters and coatings for baking or frying!’’
    • ‘Powdery confectioners' sugar contains a small amount of starch, which is desirable in some products like icings and pastry creams but not desirable in brioche.’
    • ‘Cakes covered with these relatively simple icings are often further decorated with the addition of glacé cherries, angelica, silver dragées, hundreds and thousands, etc.’
    • ‘Now you will make your various frostings and icings, or prepare your melted chocolate for drizzling, or dust with powdered sugar to decorate your cookies as directed.’
    • ‘As trade with the New World increased, cochineal became the standard dye for a wide variety of uses, from the red coats of British soldiers, to the red tints of artists' paints and the coloring of pastry icings.’
    • ‘These icings are a perfect way to top off your organic desserts or turn your black forest cake into a truly eco-friendly treat.’
    • ‘It makes icings, marzipan and nut products, which it supplies to caterers and supermarkets.’
    • ‘Both cake and icing will keep in the fridge for up to three days.’
    • ‘While cake is baking, make the icing by mixing together cream cheese, creme fraiche, butter, vanilla, sugar and walnuts.’
    • ‘Thin with water if icing is too thick to drizzle.’
    • ‘The icing is lifeless and the cake is flat and dry.’
    • ‘One birthday, she had chocolate cake with pink icing, and she and two friends spent the entire afternoon running through the sprinkler.’
    • ‘You would have been confronted with the dull thud of abstract nouns and adjectives sprinkled about like chocolate chips on the chocolate icing of a chocolate cake.’
    • ‘No, it was a normal cake with no icing or any flavour other than vanilla, but it was green, as if he was celebrating Eid, or St. Patrick's Day.’
    • ‘When the door shut behind him, I dipped my finger into the icing and tasted it.’
    • ‘Keep the icing in a bowl, covered with a damp paper towel and a layer of plastic wrap.’
    • ‘My friend is an excellent cook and she has planned the menu carefully, from pressure-cooking the beans for the homemade hummus to the icing on the brownies.’
    • ‘For the icing, melt chocolate then stir until smooth and whisk in cream.’
    • ‘Re-melt the chocolate if necessary, and then drizzle over the icing.’
    • ‘The sponge was moist and the icing simply scrumptious!’
    glaze, sugar paste
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  • 2The formation of ice on an aircraft, ship, or other vehicle, or in an engine.

    • ‘Mixed ice is the most dangerous kind of airframe icing due to its weight and disruption to the airflow.’
    • ‘Compared to the turbulence, the hail and the lightning, icing was the biggest threat of all.’
    • ‘Signs of engine icing could include loss of power, abnormal or slow RPM response to throttle movement, and indications of engine surge or stall.’
    • ‘As I watched sheets of ice being thrown off our rotor blades, I realized how serious the icing had been.’
    • ‘The report also confirmed that the icing may not have been noticed by Mr Baldwin because of safety implements fitted in the vehicle.’
  • 3US Ice Hockey
    The action of shooting the puck from one's own end of the rink to the other but not into the goal, for which the referee calls a face-off in one's own end.

    • ‘I am 100% in favor of automatic icing when the puck crosses the red line without having to chase it down.’
    • ‘The momentum bar shows which of the teams is on a roll and often reminds the opposing team that it might be time to dump the puck for an icing call just to relieve the pressure and momentum against them.’
    • ‘The hockey has not been elegant - there were more icings in the third period of Game 3 than there are in an entire season of The Sopranos - but it has been effective.’


    the icing on the cake
    • An attractive but inessential addition or enhancement.

      ‘being a scientist is enjoyable, and winning a Nobel is icing on the cake’
      • ‘As just a little extra icing on the cake, they decided to change hosts during this process as well.’
      • ‘Your Fortress response, Jody, was a helpful bit of frosting on the cake.’
      • ‘The standard 1.8 litre motor is a little beauty and the addition of a turbo adds icing on the cake.’
      • ‘But no matter what, shoes are the icing on the cake when completing your look.’
      • ‘This has been the icing on the cake for both Sharon and Derek, as a lot of hard work has gone into the design and development of the clinic.’
      • ‘Lukas's victory in the youths' event was the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘This is an achievement of global significance, and the fact that the lads in green won at Twickenham is the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘Fine weather in the village on Sunday was the icing on the cake on what was a great day at the Ballyroan Vintage Rally.’
      • ‘Part one of this production took place on the previous night and Saturday's show was the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘Providing the icing on the cake for him was the National Film Awards that was presented here on Monday.’



/ˈīsiNG/ /ˈaɪsɪŋ/