- a large flat mass of floating ice.
- floe(def 1).
Origin of ice floe
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for ice floe
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.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands
George Francis Train
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.Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
- a sheet of ice, of variable size, floating in the seaSee also ice field (def. 1)
- A large, flat expanse of floating ice smaller than a marine ice field.
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