1. an insulated cabinet or chest with a partition for ice, used for preserving or cooling food, beverages, etc.
  2. Older Use. an electric or gas refrigerator.
  3. Nautical. an enclosed area in the bottom of a vessel through which sea water can be pumped up for use in the condenser in icy waters.
  4. Slang. an isolation cell in a prison.


  1. a compartment in a refrigerator for storing or making ice
  2. an insulated cabinet packed with ice for storing food
  3. US and Canadian a refrigerator

also ice-box, 1839, from ice (n.) + box (n.).

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