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Definition a thin coating of ice (as from freezing mist) on a road or sidewalk
  • Down below we got sleet, which froze overnight into oceans of black ice.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • He shuffled like an old man, as if the carpet under his feet was really a slick sheet of black ice.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • For a moment she thought she saw something spark in his eyes, but a moment later they were black ice again.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The paths were treacherous with black ice, and hoarfrost sparkled in the moonlight on the broken panes of the Glass Gardens.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • I joined a soul band, Black Ice, on the other side of town, playing any instrument I could round up-sax, flute, and bass, all borrowed.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The mike looked like a black ice cream cone before Jennifer's face.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • But, lying on the black ice there, Billy stared into the patina of the corporal's boots, saw Adam and Eve in the golden depths.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • My truck seemed to have no problem with the black ice that covered the roads.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • It was around October, and there was black ice all over the mountain roads as she drove the friend's car toward Montana.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • Mountains of snow melted into hills while the February thaw brought the fun of flash flooding, swollen creeks, and black ice when the thermometer dropped to freezing each night.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • You know all about the terrible beauty of datumplane, the three-dimensional highways with their landscapes of black ice and neon perimeters and Day-Glo Strange Loops and shimmering skyscrapers of data blocks under hovering clouds of AI presence.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He had endured midwinter darkness in Russia where the temperature dropped to forty below: endless blizzards, snow and black ice, the only cheer the green neon palm tree that burned twenty-four hours a day outside the provincial bar where his father liked to drink.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Jon was armored in black ice, but his blade burned red in his fist.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • He watched the cracks along the Wall go from red to grey to black, from streaks of fire to rivers of black ice.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Myra drove me there: in view of the black ice caused by a thaw followed by a freeze, it was too slippery for me to walk, she said.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • I know what's coming: slush, darkness, flu, black ice, wind, salt stains on boots.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • And even before Thanksgiving, the weather had been cold enough to freeze the freshwater part of the river; there was black ice all the way from Gravesend to Kensington Corners.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Transparent mountain ranges of data, endless glaciers of ROMworks, access ganglia spreading like fissures, iron clouds of semisentient internal pro:ess bubbles, glowing pyramids of primary source stuff, each guarded by lakes of black ice and armies of black-pulse pilages.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion

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