from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A huge mass of ice slowly flowing over a land mass, formed from compacted snow in an area where snow accumulation exceeds melting and sublimation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large body of ice which flows under its own mass, usually downhill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An immense field or stream of ice, formed in the region of perpetual snow, and moving slowly down a mountain slope or valley, as in the Alps, or over an extended area, as in Greenland.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The form in which the snow, falling on the higher parts of those mountain-ranges which are above the snow-line, finds its way down into the valleys.
- n. A vessel for holding ice and cooling wine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a slowly moving mass of ice
French, from Old French, cold place, from glace, ice, from Vulgar Latin *glacia, from Latin glaciēs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French glacier, from Old French glace ("ice"), from Latin glacies ("ice"), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“cold”). (Wiktionary)