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

  • n. An extensive dome-shaped or platelike perennial cover of ice and snow that spreads out from a center and covers a large area, especially of land.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A permanent expanse of ice encompassing a large geographical area, e.g. in Earth's polar zones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a mass of ice and snow that permanently covers a large area of land (e.g., the polar regions or a mountain peak).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general or continuous permanent covering of a certain area of land, whether large or small, with snow, névé, or ice, especially in the arctic regions.
  • n. In therapeutics, a rubber bag containing ice for application to the head.

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

  • n. a mass of ice and snow that permanently covers a large area of land (e.g., the polar regions or a mountain peak)
  • n. a mass of ice and snow that permanently covers a large area of land (e.g., the polar regions or a mountain peak)


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  • We are given to believe that the polar icecap is receding, but if the polar icecap was receding August in our part of the world would be hot and dry as when the icecap receded, westerlies would move northward and high pressure systems from the south predominate.

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  • In fact, they'll be seeing the southern polar icecap, the permanent icecap, which is capped by this frozen dry ice stuff.

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  • The expedition team successfully erected a new research station at Dome Argus (Dome A), the pole's highest icecap, which is 4,093 meters above sea level.


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