Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • A big risk of doing that is what they call glacier dust, which can make you quite sick, almost to same effects as like food poisoning.

    CNN Transcript Dec 13, 2006

  • Hence the name glacier, which is derived from the Latin, glacies; French, glace, glacier.

    Ice and Glaciers

  • Satellite and ice measurements show the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at an increasing rate, and mountain glacier melting is accelerating;

    2010 February | Serendipity

  • Ancient ecosystem thrives millions of years below Antarctic glacier is a EurekAlert article describing the discovery of an Antarctic ecosystem.

    2009 July - Telic Thoughts

  • Up here as well, photos from glaciers 100yrs ago compared to now are overwhelming in how little of the glacier is left.

    happy solstice

  • The forty-eight-acre lake at the center of Moraine Hills State Park formed when a large piece of ice broke away from the main glacier (Wisconsonian glaciation period) and melted.

    Lake Defiance

  • I do believe that they are chosen for convenience, but that would make our sample of long-term glacier a convencience sample, not a random sample.

    NAS News and Schedule « Climate Audit

  • Another point is when a glacier is shortening, there is less counterpressure less friction against the pressure of the top ice, and that also speeds-up the glacier…

    NAS News and Schedule « Climate Audit

  • Climbers found body in glacier, near where training craft crashed

    Remains Returned List WWII

  • Then, farther south around Hudson's Bay, there is a broad belt of deep glacial clay originally covered by the old Keewatin glacier, and 200 miles wide.

    Hudson's Bay: Its Conditions and Problems

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