ice shelf

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ice rampart,
  2. ice road,
  3. ice run,
  4. ice screw,
  5. ice sheet,
  6. ice show,
  7. ice skate,
  8. ice skater,
  9. ice skating,
  10. ice station

Origin of ice shelf

First recorded in 1910–15

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Examples from the Web for ice shelf

  • To raise the packages from the floe to the top of the ice-shelf, a "flying-fox" was rigged.



British Dictionary definitions for ice shelf

ice shelf

noun

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