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ice sheet

  1. a broad, thick sheet of ice covering an extensive area for a long period of time.
  2. a glacier covering a large fraction of a continent.
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Origin of ice sheet

First recorded in 1870–75
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Historical Examples

  • Under his single weight we could see the ice-sheet undulating.

    Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled

    Hudson Stuck

  • Underneath the ice-sheet the stones, sand, and clay behaved in the same way.

  • Eventually, however, this later advance of the ice-sheet ceased.

  • All of them thus owe their origin to the action of the ice-sheet.

  • The progress of the ice-sheet was southward, but it spread like a fan so that its widening border turned to east and west.

British Dictionary definitions for ice sheet

ice sheet

  1. a thick layer of ice covering a large area of land for a long time, esp those in Antarctica and Greenland
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ice sheet in Science

ice sheet

  1. A large sheet of ice and snow that covers an entire region and spreads out under its own weight. Ice sheets have an area of more than 50,000 square km (19,500 square mi). Compare icecap.
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