- to cover with ice or glaciers.
- to affect by glacial action.
- to become frozen or covered with ice or glaciers.
Origin of glaciate
1615–25; < Latin glaciātus (past participle of glaciāre to freeze), equivalent to glaci(ēs) ice + -ātus -ate1
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Related Words for glaciaterefrigerate, chill, stiffen, pierce, benumb, bite, frost, harden, congeal, solidify, nip, glaciate
- to cover or become covered with glaciers or masses of ice
- (tr) to subject to the effects of glaciers, such as denudation and erosion
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1620s, "to freeze;" 1865 in reference to glaciers, from Latin glaciatus, past participle of glaciare "to turn to ice," from glacies (see glacial).
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