drift ice

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noun

detached floating ice in masses that drift with the wind or ocean currents, as in the polar seas.

Nearby words

  1. driesch,
  2. driest,
  3. drift,
  4. drift anchor,
  5. drift angle,
  6. drift indicator,
  7. drift lead,
  8. drift mine,
  9. drift net,
  10. drift netter

Origin of drift ice

First recorded in 1590–1600

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British Dictionary definitions for drift ice

drift ice

noun

masses of ice floating in the open sea
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