Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long, narrow, steep-sided ridge of coarse sand and gravel deposited by a stream flowing in or under a melting sheet of glacial ice.

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  • noun A long, narrow, sinuous ridge created by deposits from a stream running beneath a glacier.

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  • noun (geology) a long winding ridge of post glacial gravel and other sediment; deposited by meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets

Etymologies

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

[Irish Gaelic eiscir, from Old Irish escir.]

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From Irish eiscir.

Examples

  • This word came from the Basque word esker, and perhaps more noticeably, from the unrecorded Basque derivative ezkerdo.

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  • That particular esker just gets too crowded for me.

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  • Such darkly shadowed taluses under an open, light-filled firmament just waiting to ravenously warm every windblown, cascading, double-trunked forest shrub and errant piece of fossilized driftwood on the esker.

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  • That particular esker just gets too crowded for me.

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  • "I have tried sarcasm, pathos, statistics, rude and crass personal ad hominem attacks, but they don't see.", he said to himself as he rose over the esker and spotted the village as dusk creeped forward.

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  • Greenhill Rapids is a ¾-mile-long cauldron across the backbone of an esker, one of those weird rock formations created by the dragging fingers of a receding glacier.

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  • Empat = fourth day of the week, work and school day escollo = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril esker = ridge of gravel deposited by water ethicist = ethicist (elected every half-year, settles interim questions of public good unless larger vote is required)

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  • Empat = fourth day of the week, work and school day escollo = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril esker = ridge of gravel deposited by water ethicist = ethicist (elected every half-year, settles interim questions of public good unless larger vote is required)

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  • A high glacial esker parallels the river, and it's pleasant to hike for miles along the open tundra on top of the esker with a good view of the surrounding country and a long view of the river's course, and then drop down to river level to fish your way back up to the lake.

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  • Without waiting to see if she had understood, he began to climb the slope of a sandy esker that rose to the south of the pond.

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  • "Love could be an embankment, even an esker, or Customs; or a sailing ship, noisy at the horizon."

    C.S. Giscombe, "Palaver," p 8 in Prairie Style

    November 25, 2008