American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A nearly vertical shaft or cavity worn in a glacier by surface or rock debris falling through a crack in the ice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nearly vertical shaft or cavity worn in a glacier by the running down of water, which sometimes in the hot days of summer, on the large glaciers, forms considerable rivulets on the surface of the ice. These run until they reach a crevice, down which they descend and gradually wear a more or less cylindrical cavity, through which the water pours in a subglacial cascade.
- From French moulin, from Late Latin molinum ("mill"). (Wiktionary)
- French, mill, moulin, from Old French molin, mill, from Late Latin molīnum; see mill1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The shop, which takes its name from the fact that it is housed in a 113-year-old former mill (moulin is French for mill) is easy to spot.”
“COOPER: Well, we climbed into that depression, called a moulin, to get a look at how water is carving deep holes into the ice and how that's affecting the entire ice sheet.”
“Somewhat below the junction Tyndall and Hirst sounded a moulin, that is, a cavity through which the surface glacier waters escape, to a depth of 160 feet; the guides alleged that they had sounded a similar aperture to a depth of 350 feet, and had found no bottom.”
“Incredibly, this vertical shaft - called a moulin (French for mill) - manages to swallow this entire river into oblivion, the water plunging a third of a mile towards the base of the icecap.”
“Lisanne Aerts A moulin forms when water finds a crack in a glacier.”
“The gear will, in theory, allow me to navigate across glacial ice and climb the moulin walls.”
“Of all the things that can go wrong on a glacier, falling into a moulin is among the worst.”
“If we don't climb into a moulin soon, we will run out of time.”
“Stumble into a moulin, and even a person who survives the fall could become a human cork, wedged into a constriction.”
“To the right, I see a dark spot—another moulin, this one dry.”
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