from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An ice floe.
- noun A segment that has separated from such an ice mass.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Ice formed by the freezing of the surface-water of the polar oceans, and subsequently broken up by the action of the winds and the waves into tabular masses of greater or less size; also, a piece of such ice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A low, flat mass of floating ice.
- noun (Zoöl.) a seal (
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- noun A low, flat mass of
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- noun a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The fate of three men afloat on a floe is too horrible to think about.
Maybe their new reporter/commentator, The Killer from Wasilla, could go camp out on an Arctic ice floe and report back to us on how the floe is doin’ sizewize ..
Our floe is a heavy one and it withstood the blows it received.
Hockey and football on the floe were our chief recreations, and all hands joined in many a strenuous game.
Near the edge of the floe was a crack in the ice of considerable length, but only eighteen inches or two feet wide, and three or four feet deep.
They have been recorded up to forty and even fifty miles in length, and they have been called floe bergs, because it was supposed that they froze first as ordinary sea-ice and increased by subsequent additions from below.
Kalumah when questioned confirmed all that the Lieutenant had said, so that it appeared probable that the island would be drifted to the south like a huge ice-floe, that is to say, to the narrowest part of Behring Strait, which is much frequented in the summer by the fishermen of New Archangel, who are the most experienced mariners of those waters.
_ -- Beset against a floe, which is in motion, owing to the pressure of bergs upon its southern face; and as it slowly
After one of these gales, walking on the floe was a work of much difficulty, in consequence of the irregular surface it presented to the foot.
I was inclosed had come in contact with another, and that I had been broken off from it, and was floating on the sea with other pieces, which, when collected in large quantities, are termed a floe of ice.