from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A sturdy ship built for breaking a passage through icebound waters. Also called iceboat.
- n. A protective pier or dock apron used as a buffer against floating ice.
- n. Something done or said to relax an unduly formal atmosphere or situation.
- n. A beginning; a start.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A ship designed to break through ice so that it, or other ships coming behind, can navigate on frozen seas.
- n. A game, activity, humorous anecdote, etc., designed to relax a group of people to help them get to know each other.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a ship with a reinforced bow and powerful engines designed to break up layers of ice on waterways and keep channels open for navigation.
- n. A remark or action intended to relieve tension or reduce formality when initiating conversation or beginning a speech; it is often a humorous or light remark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A structure of masonry or timber (as a pier or row of piles) for the protection of bridge-piers or of vessels in dock from moving ice.
- n. An ice-boat for breaking channels through ice in a river or harbor.
- n. The bowhead, or great polar whale, Balæna mysticetus: a whalers’ name.
- n. A hand- or power-machine for breaking ice into small fragments for various uses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation
- n. a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
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Greenpeace's icebreaker is in Buenos Aires, this is not innocent, it is the voice of the environmentalists, ecologists and citizens conscious of taking care of their house.
* An Arctic icebreaker is sliced in half by said hockey stick.
In small groups of 5-8, one fun icebreaker is called “2 Truths 1 Lie”.
At least one more detachment -- including four destroyers, two "hydrographic vessels" (a cover name for intelligence ships) and even one "icebreaker" -- went through the Turkish straits on May 31
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Twenty sazheni below the icebreaker was a gang of barefooted sailors, engaged in hacking out the floes from under their barges; and as they shattered the brittle, greyish-blue crust on the river, the mattocks rang out, and the sharp blades of the icecutters gleamed as they thrust the broken fragments under the surface.
"These other nations get it in terms of climate change," said Michael Byers, referring to the icebreaker building boom and the concerted effort to get vessels into the High Arctic for research.
The shared name, he believes, is an "icebreaker" among African-Americans suspicious of the politician's conservatism.
Back to Caligula's Ball, where the party's hosts had orchestrated an "icebreaker" performance at 12: 30 a.m.