- detached floating ice in masses that drift with the wind or ocean currents, as in the polar seas.
Origin of drift ice
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for drift ice
And the drift-ice may be widening, but I refuse to give up my hope of hope.The Prairie Child
It is remarkable that there should be so many foxes on this drift-ice so far from land.
Yet we dared not think our life on the drift-ice was so nearly at an end.
Fog and rain and drift-ice were to be met on the grounds of Candlestick Cove.Every Man for Himself
The Antarctic or Arctic pack usually has a girdle or fringe of drift-ice.South!
Sir Ernest Shackleton
- masses of ice floating in the open sea
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