[gley-shee-ol-uh-jee, -see-]


the branch of geology that deals with the nature, distribution, and action of glaciers and with their effect on the earth's topography.

Origin of glaciology

First recorded in 1890–95; glaci(er) + -o- + -logy
Related formsgla·ci·o·log·i·cal [gley-shee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, -see-] /ˌgleɪ ʃi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -si-/, gla·ci·o·log·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glaciology

Historical Examples of glaciology

  • The many glaciers occurring in the Alps of central Europe where glaciology arose doubtless suggested this explanation.

    Climatic Changes

    Ellsworth Huntington

British Dictionary definitions for glaciology



the study of the distribution, character, and effects of glaciers
Derived Formsglaciological (ˌɡlæsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl, ˌɡleɪ-) or glaciologic, adjectiveglaciologist or glacialist, noun
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Word Origin and History for glaciology

1856, from Latin glacies "ice" (see glacial) + -ology. Related: Glaciological; glaciologist.

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