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.
- floe , flow
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How to use floe in a sentence
In colder climates, melting arctic plates has forced polar bears to abandon their ice floes for dry land hunting.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom | Nina Strochlic | January 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mud containing microscopic shells which only occur in Siberia has been collected on some of these southward-bound ice-floes.
Good progress was made to the south; the vessel dodging icebergs and detached floes.
The separate floes stood some ten or fifteen feet above the water-level, and the lengths of several exceeded a quarter of a mile.
Gradually there opened up a beautiful vista of sea, dotted with floes and rocky islets (many of which were ice-capped).
About this time, too, we met numerous fields and floes of ice, to get through which we often experienced considerable difficulty.Hudson Bay | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for floe
See ice floe
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Scientific definitions for floe
A mass or sheet of floating ice.
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