Definitions

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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or produced by a glacier.
  • adjective Extremely slow, like the movement of a glacier.
  • adjective Characterized or dominated by the existence of glaciers. Used of a geologic epoch.
  • adjective Pleistocene.
  • adjective Extremely cold; icy: synonym: cold.
  • adjective Having the appearance of ice.
  • adjective Lacking warmth and friendliness.
  • adjective Coldly detached.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or relating to a glacier or an ice-sheet.
  • In chem., assuming the solid state as a result of concentration: used chiefly of certain acids (as acetic, sulphuric, and phosphoric acids) which are commonly seen as liquids but solidify at low temperatures when concentrated by removal of water.
  • Icy; consisting of ice; frozen; hence, resembling ice; figuratively, having a cold, glassy look or manner.
  • In geology, referring to ice; associated with the geological agency of ice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers.
  • adjective (Chem.) Resembling ice; having the appearance and consistency of ice; -- said of certain solid compounds.
  • adjective (Chem.) an acid of such strength or purity as to crystallize at an ordinary temperature, in an icelike form; as acetic or carbolic acid.
  • adjective (Geol.) earth and rocks which have been transported by moving ice, land ice, or icebergs; bowlder drift.
  • adjective (Geol.) a period during which the climate of the modern temperate regions was polar, and ice covered large portions of the northern hemisphere to the mountain tops.
  • adjective (Geol.) See Glacier theory, under Glacier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, or relating to glaciers
  • adjective figuratively very slow
  • adjective cold and icy
  • adjective having the appearance of ice
  • adjective cool and unfriendly

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

  • adjective relating to or derived from a glacier
  • adjective devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
  • adjective extremely cold

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, icy, from Latin glaciālis, from glaciēs, ice; see gel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French glacial, from Latin glaciālis, from glaciēs ("ice").

Examples

  • I would be interested for your explanation of atmospheric gas bubbles and volcanic ash in glacial ice.

    Man made global warming? No way!

  • I would be interested for your explanation of atmospheric gas bubbles and volcanic ash in glacial ice.

    Man made global warming? No way!

  • So while we may be seeing a gradual sea rise due to glacial melt, once the glacial is gone, things may get hot fast.

    An Inconvenient Truth

  • So while we may be seeing a gradual sea rise due to glacial melt, once the glacial is gone, things may get hot fast.

    Veniceblog:

  • This may be spurious conclusion if you superimpose the jökulhlaup observation on a continuous long term glacial retreat since the end of the last ice age of the non-little variety.

    Unthreaded #8 « Climate Audit

  • On cooling from the fused state it forms a glassy solid, and on this account is often called glacial phosphoric acid.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

  • I use it to put current climate change into perspective, but also also to make the point that small changes in the earth’s temperature can be dramatic – in particular, the graph indicates that the difference between the last ice age and the current inter-glacial is about 2°C average global temperature.

    2009 July 30 | Serendipity

  • I use it to put current climate change into perspective, but also also to make the point that small changes in the earth’s temperature can be dramatic – in particular, the graph indicates that the difference between the last ice age and the current inter-glacial is about 2°C average global temperature.

    SE for the Planet talk now online | Serendipity

  • I use it to put current climate change into perspective, but also also to make the point that small changes in the earth’s temperature can be dramatic – in particular, the graph indicates that the difference between the last ice age and the current inter-glacial is about 2°C average global temperature.

    2009 July | Serendipity

  • The first is that any advance toward implementing a proper commitment on reducing carbon dioxide emissions will again be what used to be known as glacial.

    Poor must have the burden of global warming lifted

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