Definitions

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

  • n. A cold period marked by episodes of extensive glaciation alternating with episodes of relative warmth.
  • n. The most recent glacial period, which occurred during the Pleistocene Epoch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several cold periods in the history of the earth marked by episodes of extensive glaciation alternating with episodes of relative warmth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the glacial epoch or period. See under Glacial.

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

  • n. any period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface

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Examples

  • Before C. dingo could follow T. cynocephalus into that southernmost refuge, the last great ice age had ended.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • When the Scot would get to riding his ice-hobby too hard, Mr. Burroughs would query, “But, Muir, the million years before the ice age ” what was going on here then? '

    Our Friend John Burroughs

  • An attractive woman, Dr. Fellows also had large blue eyes whose warmth of expression she controlled with an inner thermostat that appeared to be able to go from a heat wave to an ice age in an instant.

    Confession

  • If a giant asteroid is going to blow us up or the sun is gonna scorch us all . . . or the poles will shift, sending us into another ice age following biblical-type floods, earthquakes, and pandemic outbreaks or some nuclear holocaust . . . dude . . . then, like, why are you here?

    Surrender the Dark

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