floe

[ floh ]
/ floʊ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. flock paper,
  2. flockbed,
  3. flocking,
  4. flocky,
  5. flodden,
  6. floeberg,
  7. flog,
  8. flokati,
  9. flong,
  10. flood

Origin of floe

1810–20; perhaps < Norwegian flo layer (compare Old Norse flō layer, level); cognate with Old English flōh piece, flagstone; cf. flaw1

Can be confusedfloe flow (see synonym study at flow)

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British Dictionary definitions for floe

floe

/ (fləʊ) /

noun

Word Origin for floe

C19: probably from Norwegian flo slab, layer, from Old Norse; see flaw 1

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Word Origin and History for floe

floe

n.

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.

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Science definitions for floe

floe

[ flō ]

A mass or sheet of floating ice.
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