American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An elevated floating mass of ice detached from a glacier at the sea-level. The movement of the glacier downward causes it to protrude into the sea, by which it is in part supported until the weight becomes so great that more or less of it breaks off, often with great noise and commotion of the sea. This process is called
calving. The portion detached from the glacier floats about, driven by winds and currents, and is an iceberg. This is the mode of formation of the best-known bergs—those which often encumber a part of the North Atlantic in spring and early summer, having come down from the ice-clad ranges and high plateaus of Greenland. The more or less completely frozen surface of the water in the northern polar region is known as pack-ice, or simply pack, floe-ice, floe, and floe-berg. (See floeand floe-berg.) In regard to the icebergs of the Southern Ocean, it is not known with certainty whether they are all glacierborn, or whether they are not in large part the result of the direct freezing of the sea-water.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A large mass of ice, generally floating in the ocean.
- 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
- Partial translation of Dutch ijsberg, from Middle Dutch ijsbergh : ijs, ice + bergh, mountain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ Most of the ice in an iceberg is underwater, leaving only the tip of the iceberg visiblea fact that is often alluded to in discussions of subjects in which the most important aspects are hidden from view.”
“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.”
“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.”
“A joint Australian-French study has discovered the calving of a large iceberg from the Mertz Glacier in the Australian Antarctic Territory.”
“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.”
“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” … … … …”
“Whoever thinks those pics are a eroded iceberg is not very smart.”
“Nice try, someone needs a basic understanding of what an iceberg is bobby.”
“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.”
“A 150-kilometre-long iceberg is expected to smash into the end of an Antarctic glacier sometime within the next couple of days.”
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