[ nahy-vey-shuhn ]

  1. erosion resulting from the action of frost beneath a snowbank.

Origin of nivation

1895–1900; <Latin niv- (stem of nix) snow + -ation

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How to use nivation in a sentence

  • Thus far only those volcanoes have been considered which have been modified by nivation.

  • The process of nivation, or snow erosion, does not always produce visible effects.

  • He has adequately shown the manner in which that phase of nivation is expressed which we find at the border of the snow.

  • It would at first sight appear impossible to distinguish between these changes through the results of nivation.

British Dictionary definitions for nivation


/ (naɪˈveɪʃən) /

  1. the weathering of rock around a patch of snow by alternate freezing and thawing

Origin of nivation

C19: from Latin nix, stem niv- snow

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