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dry ice


Steam rises from the well of dry ice.
Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  frozen carbon dioxide
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Dry ice sublimates (changes from a solid to a vapor) at -78.5 C at ambient pressure. It remains frozen for a long time at normal room temperature. It is often used on stage to suggest fog. When hot water is added it produces a heavy, cool "steam" which clings to the floor of the stage.
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  • Steam rises from the well of dry ice.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The mist in the dream swarms like the foam of dry ice on the weatherless mountainside.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • For dessert they ate the brownies Nan had made the night before, topped with the vanilla ice cream they had packed away in dry ice.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • It’s a hit below the belt to see yourself ninety years gone, the vapors of eternity rising from you like breath off dry ice.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes

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  • I made accusations based on everything that’s happened — from McAllister’s scenario to Babcock’s statement that they’d send out an execution team to find me… to that Anglicized voice of dry ice who told me to cease-and-desist with Medusa or they’d call me insane and put me back in a mental stockade.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The refrigerated cakes come in flimsy cardboard boxes steaming with dry ice.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • In fact, it solidifies into dry ice.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The nun’s blood arrived at the C.D.C. in glass tubes in a box lined with dry ice.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The fog hung over the road like evaporating dry ice on a concert stage, and the sky had the same ugly tones as it had the day before, making him suspect that the lights would appear again tonight, which not only boded well for the tourists this weekend but also meant that he should probably call Alvin.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • When I pour it on my hair, I feel a sticky cold like dry ice, then a soporific heat.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
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Associated words [difficulty]:   dry ice [7]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Engineering, Nature & Ecology, Science
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