Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A massive floating body of ice broken away from a glacier. Only about 10 percent of its mass is above the surface of the water.
  • n. Informal A cold, aloof person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A huge mass of ocean-floating ice which has broken off a glacier or ice shelf

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large mass of ice, generally floating in the ocean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An elevated floating mass of ice detached from a glacier at the sea-level.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large mass of ice floating at sea; usually broken off of a polar glacier
  • n. lettuce with crisp tightly packed light-green leaves in a firm head

Etymologies

Partial translation of Dutch ijsberg, from Middle Dutch ijsbergh : ijs, ice + bergh, mountain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Eisberg, compound of Eis “ice” + Berg “mountain”. First used to describe a glacier as seen at a distance from a ship then used as a term to describe the floating chunks of ice broken off from such glaciers. Compare Dutch ijsberg, Danish isbjerg, Norwegian/Swedish isberg, Welsh eisberg. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ‡ Most of the ice in an iceberg is underwater, leaving only the “tip of the iceberg” visible—a fact that is often alluded to in discussions of subjects in which the most important aspects are hidden from view.

    iceberg

  • I wanted to get close to them to see what they looked like above and below the water, and I wanted to see for myself if it was true that only one-third of the iceberg is above water.

    Lynne Cox - An interview with author

  • "But even when you see the tip of the iceberg, you have a pretty good idea of what the rest of the iceberg is likely to look like."

    GOP candidates surge ahead in fundraising

  • A joint Australian-French study has discovered the calving of a large iceberg from the Mertz Glacier in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

    Think Progress » Rep. Tom Perriello Tells ‘Spineless’ Senate To Get ‘Its Head Out Of Its Rear End’ And Confront Climate Crisis

  • And in case you get tired of all that ice, the actual heat generated to cool the iceberg is utilised to create hot water lagoons in the nearby cement works quarry.

    Nuclear-Powered Glaciers

  • When I go swimming, spectators reach for their mobiles to call in iceberg alerts … … … … or the whaling fleets to report a new species that needs “researching” … … … …

    prude

  • Whoever thinks those pics are a eroded iceberg is not very smart.

    Frozen Sea

  • Nice try, someone needs a basic understanding of what an iceberg is bobby.

    Frozen Sea

  • As for other toppings, the coolness of iceberg is preferred over leafier greens, and if you can find red, ripe tomatoes, throw on a few of those, too.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • A 150-kilometre-long iceberg is expected to smash into the end of an Antarctic glacier sometime within the next couple of days.

    Boing Boing: January 16, 2005 - January 22, 2005 Archives

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