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[gley-shee-eyt, -see-]
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verb (used with object), gla·ci·at·ed, gla·ci·at·ing.
  1. to cover with ice or glaciers.
  2. to affect by glacial action.
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verb (used without object), gla·ci·at·ed, gla·ci·at·ing.
  1. to become frozen or covered with ice or glaciers.
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Origin of glaciate

1615–25; < Latin glaciātus (past participle of glaciāre to freeze), equivalent to glaci(ēs) ice + -ātus -ate1
Related formsgla·ci·a·tion, nounun·gla·ci·at·ed, adjective
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Related Words for glaciation

snow, chill, frost, refrigeration, rawness, ague, iciness, freeze, coldness, draft, frigidity, shivering, inclemency, congelation, glaciation, frostbite, wintertime, algor, wintriness

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British Dictionary definitions for glaciation


  1. to cover or become covered with glaciers or masses of ice
  2. (tr) to subject to the effects of glaciers, such as denudation and erosion
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Derived Formsglaciation, noun
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Word Origin and History for glaciation


1640s, noun of action from Latin glaciare "to freeze" (see glacis).

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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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