ice sheet

noun
  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.

Origin of ice sheet

First recorded in 1870–75
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ice sheet

noun
  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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