Like the party on whose coattails it rides, change is likely torturous and glacially paced.
The overall value of Virginia's fisheries as an industrial resource was glacially slow in reaching public consciousness.
The count was so glacially dignified that he might have been supposed to be taking part at a sitting of the legislature.
He notes further that the lower less-steep slope is glacially scoured and that it forms a sort of shoulder or terrace.
1650s, "cold, icy," from French glacial, from Latin glacialis "icy, frozen, full of ice," from glacies "ice," probably from PIE root *gel- "cold" (cf. Latin gelu "frost;" see cold (adj.)). Geological sense apparently coined in 1846 by British naturalist Edward Forbes (1815-1854). Related: Glacially.