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fast ice

ice that is frozen to, grounded on, or attached to the bottom of an area covered by shallow water.
Compare ice foot.
Origin of fast ice
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Our descent to the coast followed the margin of the fast ice.

  • If we can return we should be able now to moor to the fast ice.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • But after many attempts we regained the edge of the fast ice this morning, and steamed merrily along it towards Bushnan Island.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
  • When steam is raised I have hopes of getting back to the fast ice near the Glacier Tongue.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • The ‘fast ice’ was dimly in sight when we started, for we had drifted while at breakfast towards it, as well as towards the berg.

    Cast Away in the Cold

    Isaac I. Hayes

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