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icefall

[ahys-fawl]
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noun
  1. a jumbled mass of ice in a glacier.
  2. a mass of ice overhanging a precipice.
  3. a falling of ice from a glacier, iceberg, etc.

Origin of icefall

First recorded in 1810–20; ice + fall
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  • Changed "icefall" to "ice-fall" on page xxvi: "part of ice-fall."

  • It seemed best to climb the rocks and avoid complications in the icefall.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921

    Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury

  • Some way up or by the side of the icefall of the Lobbia Glacier is yet to be found, but is probably possible.

    Italian Alps

    Douglas William Freshfield

  • It had always seemed improbable that these were sracs such as one meets on an Alpine icefall, and clearly they were not.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921

    Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury

  • Even as we entered the icefall our feet had occasionally broken the crust; as we came out of it we were stamping a trail.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921

    Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury


British Dictionary definitions for icefall

icefall

noun
  1. a very steep part of a glacier that has deep crevasses and resembles a frozen waterfall
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