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ice field

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noun
  1. a large sheet of floating ice, larger than an ice floe.
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Origin of ice field

First recorded in 1685–95
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Historical Examples

  • Was this a sign that land was near, or was it some ice-field that had broken up?

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • Three miles from land the waves were breaking on the edges of the ice-field.

  • On the 18th of January the aspect of the ice-field changed all at once.

  • We'll beat up through this channel to the north side of the ice-field.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • "Here's clear sailing round this ice-field," remarked the captain.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens


British Dictionary definitions for ice field

ice field

noun
  1. a very large flat expanse of ice floating in the sea; large ice floe
  2. a large mass of ice permanently covering an extensive area of land
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ice field in Science

ice field

  1. A large expanse of ice covering a mountainous region and consisting of several interconnected glaciers.
  2. An extensive area of ice on the surface of the ocean, consisting of multiple ice floes and covering an area that is greater than 10 km (6.2 mi) across.
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