- 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 floesiceberg, icecap, berg, floe, chunk, glaze, hail, crystal, icicle, glacier, sleet, diamonds, hailstone, permafrost
Examples from the Web for floes
Historical Examples of floes
The rending crash which accompanies the breaking of floes of ice.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Freezing out on the floes; stewing under their roofs of snow.Fast in the Ice
We left our canoes and oomiaks there, and took to sledges because the floes were unbroken.The Giant of the North
Then I thought to myself, Why should we live always among the floes and bergs?
We should have had to scramble on the floes and wait there till—till we died together.
- 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.