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[gley-shee-eyt, -see-] /ˈgleɪ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/
verb (used with object), glaciated, glaciating.
to cover with ice or glaciers.
to affect by glacial action.
verb (used without object), glaciated, glaciating.
to become frozen or covered with ice or glaciers.
Origin of glaciate
1615-25; < Latin glaciātus (past participle of glaciāre to freeze), equivalent to glaci(ēs) ice + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
glaciation, noun
unglaciated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Most of their results are the reverse of those which brought on glaciation.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • The development of glaciation was in strict accordance with existing conditions.

  • The next step in our history of glaciation is to outline the disappearance of the ice sheets.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • We have considered the Laurentian highland and the glaciation which centered there.

    The Red Man's Continent Ellsworth Huntington
  • Geologists will have to reconsider their notions as to glaciation of our Antipodes in the light of the newly discovered evidence.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin
  • Yet glaciation is now far less extensive than in the Pleistocene.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • Let us now inquire how the cyclonic hypothesis accounts for glaciation in low latitudes.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • Within the field of glaciation, so far as the ice rested bodily on the surface, the rocks were rapidly worn away.

    Outlines of the Earth's History Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • But that the larger part of the glaciation of that country has been supramarine, I am willing to concede.

British Dictionary definitions for glaciation


to cover or become covered with glaciers or masses of ice
(transitive) to subject to the effects of glaciers, such as denudation and erosion
Derived Forms
glaciation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for glaciation

1640s, noun of action from Latin glaciare "to freeze" (see glacis).



1620s, "to freeze;" 1865 in reference to glaciers, from Latin glaciatus, past participle of glaciare "to turn to ice," from glacies (see glacial).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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