ice shelf

  1. an ice sheet projecting into coastal waters so that the end floats.

Origin of ice shelf

First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby ice shelf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ice shelf in a sentence

  • We had traveled five miles on the ice shelf above the foaming sea.

    North-Pole Voyages | Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • To raise the packages from the floe to the top of the ice-shelf, a "flying-fox" was rigged.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • The face of the Shackleton Ice-Shelf 100 miles north of the mainland.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • The open pools gave excellent fishing, and the upper ice shelf protected them perfectly from all enemies.

    Secret of the Woods | William J. Long

British Dictionary definitions for ice shelf

ice shelf

  1. a thick mass of ice that is permanently attached to the land but projects into and floats on the sea

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