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drift ice

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noun
  1. detached floating ice in masses that drift with the wind or ocean currents, as in the polar seas.
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Origin of drift ice

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for drift ice

Historical Examples

  • And the drift-ice may be widening, but I refuse to give up my hope of hope.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • It is remarkable that there should be so many foxes on this drift-ice so far from land.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Yet we dared not think our life on the drift-ice was so nearly at an end.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Fog and rain and drift-ice were to be met on the grounds of Candlestick Cove.

  • The Antarctic or Arctic pack usually has a girdle or fringe of drift-ice.

    South!

    Sir Ernest Shackleton


British Dictionary definitions for drift ice

drift ice

noun
  1. masses of ice floating in the open sea
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