from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ice formed on the surface of a body of water.
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The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing into the sea by the progressive inland movement of the boundary between the slow flowing continental sheet-ice and the fast flowing stream-ice of the major ice streams.
I think it did not, as after diligent search I have not met with it; and, if it did, and then had the same meaning, _floating sheet-ice_, how would it apply to the illustration of this passage?
Mr. Dyce may perhaps have heard the world _floe_ (plural _floes_) applied to _floating sheet-ice_, as it is to be found so applied extensively in Captain Parry's _Journal of his Second Voyage_; but it remains to be shown whether such a term existed in Shakspeare's time.
As the winter freeze edges nearer, this frantic exploration company rushes to finish the job before sheet-ice cuts off the region completely.
I've amused pedestrians who've been descending slopes holding on to handrails: it shouldn't be possible to ascend slopes covered with sheet-ice but, taken carefully with no silly sudden moves, it's been possible with the spiked bike.
It can be a mistake to rely on common sense where complex systems are involved, but it seems natural to expect that when ice-sheets break up, the former sheet-ice becomes sea-ice (for a few months, anyhow).
However, there can be no doubt that many a stout ship has been cast away on such a berg as that; or on what is more dangerous still, a floating mass of sheet-ice just flush with the water. "