- Also called ice floe. a sheet of floating ice, chiefly on the surface of the sea, smaller than an ice field.
- a detached floating portion of such a sheet.
Origin of floe
Related Words for floeiceberg, icecap, berg, floe, chunk, glaze, hail, crystal, icicle, glacier, sleet, diamonds, hailstone, permafrost
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Historical Examples of floe
"Be ready, now," said Kit; when some one of the party on the floe fired on a sudden.
About seven o'clock we heard a splashing out along the floe.
We towed the carcass up to the edge of the floe, and pulled it up.
She must have been caught in the floe before she could make her way into harbour for shelter.Archibald Hughson
To get through this floe, it was necessary to form a channel with the ice-saws.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
- See ice floe
Word Origin for floe
1817, first used by Arctic explorers, probably from Norwegian flo "layer, slab," from Old Norse flo, related to first element in flagstone (q.v.). Earlier explorers used flake.
- A mass or sheet of floating ice.