from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or derived from a glacier.
- adj. Suggesting the extreme slowness of a glacier: Work proceeded at a glacial pace.
- adj. Characterized or dominated by the existence of glaciers. Used of a geologic epoch.
- adj. Pleistocene. See Table at geologic time.
- adj. Extremely cold; icy: glacial waters. See Synonyms at cold.
- adj. Having the appearance of ice.
- adj. Lacking warmth and friendliness: a glacial stare.
- adj. Coldly detached: a glacial composure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, or relating to glaciers
- adj. very slow
- adj. cold and icy
- adj. having the appearance of ice
- adj. cool and unfriendly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers.
- adj. Resembling ice; having the appearance and consistency of ice; -- said of certain solid compounds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Icy; consisting of ice; frozen; hence, resembling ice; figuratively, having a cold, glassy look or manner.
- In geology, referring to ice; associated with the geological agency of ice.
- Of or relating to a glacier or an ice-sheet.
- In chem., assuming the solid state as a result of concentration: used chiefly of certain acids (as acetic, sulphuric, and phosphoric acids) which are commonly seen as liquids but solidify at low temperatures when concentrated by removal of water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or derived from a glacier
- adj. devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
- adj. extremely cold
French from Old French, icy, from Latin glaciālis, from glaciēs, ice; see gel- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French glacial, from Latin glaciālis, from glaciēs ("ice"). (Wiktionary)