- an extended mass of ice formed from snow falling and accumulating over the years and moving very slowly, either descending from high mountains, as in valley glaciers, or moving outward from centers of accumulation, as in continental glaciers.
Origin of glacier
Examples from the Web for glacier
After 50 years, members of the Huna Tlingit people can finally collect harvest sea gull eggs again in Glacier National Park.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
Peacock served as an expert witness on grizzlies in federal court for Glacier National Park.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
The highest density of wolverines left south of Canada is in Glacier National Park.Who Will Save the Wolverine? Not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
July 20, 2014
A lieutenant commander in the Navy, he was knock-out handsome with a smile that would melt a glacier.Can Walking on the Moon Be Better Than Sex in Space?
July 6, 2013
Bridges and Greenwalt somehow convinced Geston to drive with them to Glacier Park.A True Hollywood Love Story
March 10, 2010
To me the most surprising was the Ice-Festival on the great skating-pool on the Kenia glacier.Freeland
Lavinia was a glacier, moving majestically and freezing as it moved.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
And see the glisten of that glacier in the haze, like a star in the veil of a bride!The Trimming of Goosie
When we had rounded this point we came face to face with a glacier.Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska
Charles Warren Stoddard
"If we leave here the glacier will cover the caves and fill them with ice," he said.Space Prison
- a slowly moving mass of ice originating from an accumulation of snow. It can either spread out from a central mass (continental glacier) or descend from a high valley (alpine glacier)
Word Origin and History for glacier
1744, from French glacier, from Savoy dialect glacière "moving mass of ice," from Old French glace "ice," from Vulgar Latin glacia (cf. Old Provençal glassa, Italian ghiaccia), from Latin glacies (see glacial).
- A large mass of ice moving very slowly through a valley or spreading outward from a center. Glaciers form over many years from packed snow in areas where snow accumulates faster than it melts. A glacier is always moving, but when its forward edge melts faster than the ice behind it advances, the glacier as a whole shrinks backward.
A large mass of ice formed over many years that does not melt during the summer. Glaciers move slowly over an area of land such as a mountain valley.