[ gley-shuhl ]
/ ˈgleɪ ʃəl /


Origin of glacial

1650–60; <Latin glaciālis icy, equivalent to glaci(ēs) ice + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM glacial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for glacial

/ (ˈɡleɪsɪəl, -ʃəl) /


characterized by the presence of masses of ice
relating to, caused by, or deposited by a glacier
extremely cold; icy
cold or hostile in mannera glacial look
(of a chemical compound) of or tending to form crystals that resemble iceglacial acetic acid
very slow in progressa glacial pace

Derived forms of glacial

glacially, adverb
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Scientific definitions for glacial

[ glāshəl ]

Relating to or derived from a glacier.
Characterized or dominated by the existence of glaciers, as the Pleistocene Epoch.
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