from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Act of freezing.
  • n. That which is formed by freezing; ice.
  • n. The process of covering with a glacier, or the state of being glaciated; the production of glacial phenomena.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of freezing.
  • n. That which is formed by freezing; ice.
  • n. The process of glaciating, or the state of being glaciated; the production of glacial phenomena.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of freezing.
  • n. The result of freezing; ice.
  • n. In geology, the present or former existence of a mass of ice, glacier, or ice-sheet, covering a certain region; subjection to the action of ice.
  • n. A consequence of or phenomenon caused by such a process or covering, as the striation and smoothing of rock-surfaces.

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

  • n. the process of covering the earth with glaciers or masses of ice
  • n. the condition of being covered with glaciers or masses of ice; the result of glacial action


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