ice foot



(in polar regions) a belt of ice frozen to the shore, formed chiefly as a result of the rise and fall of the tides.

Compare fast ice.

Origin of ice foot

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ice foot

Historical Examples of ice foot

  • They were in groups all along the ice-foot in the lee of rocks and icy pinnacles.

  • From this ice-foot a snow-slope rose to the top of the barrier.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton

  • There, on the top of a little ridge, fifty or sixty yards above the ice-foot, was plainly outlined the figure of a man.

  • Here, on the other hand, there was open water, too shallow for the 'Aurora' to be moored alongside the ice-foot.

  • Madigan, who was in charge of the whale-boat, kept it moored in the boat-harbour under shelter of the ice-foot.

British Dictionary definitions for ice foot

ice foot


a narrow belt of ice permanently attached to the coast in polar regions
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