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[ahys-bound] /ˈaɪsˌbaʊnd/
held fast or hemmed in by ice; frozen in:
an icebound ship.
obstructed or shut off by ice:
an icebound harbor.
Origin of icebound
First recorded in 1650-60; ice + -bound1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Were the Reds engaged in enlarging their icebound headquarters?

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • The newcomer vainly strove to move his icebound jaws and jowls.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • Rather they seemed places for summer trips alone, to be left in winter icebound and desolate.

  • I look down at the little stream and the little mill that has been icebound all the winter, and I stop.

    Pan Knut Hamsun
  • Before them stretched tumbled hills, converging on an icebound lake.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • For one thing, it is always ice-free, whereas the eastern route is icebound for five months in the year.

    The Panama Canal J. Saxon Mills
  • Deep was the silence of the icebound shore that day, sparkling the blue waters across which the sun marked a glittering track.

  • Port at Libau, on the Baltic, is in a region less liable to be icebound in the winter.

  • It was a daring venture, but the expedition was ill-equipped to battle with the icebound seas of the frozen north.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • They, too, feed the northern health stations in icebound ports where submersibles dare not rise.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for icebound


covered or made immobile by ice; frozen in: an icebound ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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