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ice floe

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noun
  1. a large flat mass of floating ice.
  2. floe(def 1).
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Origin of ice floe

First recorded in 1810–20
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Related Words

icebergicecapbergfloe

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Historical Examples

  • All this time the ice-floe was moving slowly but surely forward.

    The Cruise of the O Moo

    Roy J. Snell

  • At night I would find the sheets of my bed as cold as an ice-floe.

  • In the morning, the ice-floe burst across immediately beneath the ship.

  • You suppose it feels something like this to be caught on an ice-floe without any food and so starve to death.

    Of All Things

    Robert C. Benchley

  • The ice-floe was so deep down in the water that the current that ran underneath drew it along.


British Dictionary definitions for ice floe

ice floe

noun
  1. a sheet of ice, of variable size, floating in the seaSee also ice field (def. 1)
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ice floe in Science

ice floe

  1. A large, flat expanse of floating ice smaller than a marine ice field.
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