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ice floe

a large flat mass of floating ice.
floe (def 1).
Origin of ice floe
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This meant that we were caught in the ice floe with no means of getting out!

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • They were adrift on the ice floe, which was steadily taking them seaward.

    Bobby of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • The ice floe's two miles wide, forty miles long and all piled up.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • So he rose some ninety feet, and finally arrived at the underside of the ice floe.

    Seed of the Arctic Ice H. G. Winter
  • He turned a bright face on her as he struck out for the edge of the other ice floe.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • In a few seconds he had snaked the sled to 242 the edge of the ice floe on which he stood.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • A few miles from Petersburg we saw the first ice floe with its deep marine coloring, floating slowly towards the open sea.

  • The freshness of the bear's tracks is proof that it had not drifted on some ice floe from remote parts of the Arctic basin.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for ice floe

ice floe

a sheet of ice, of variable size, floating in the sea See also ice field (sense 1)
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ice floe in Science
ice floe  
A large, flat expanse of floating ice smaller than a marine ice field.
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