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glacial

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adjective gla·cial \ˈglā-shəl\

Simple Definition of glacial

  • : of or relating to glaciers : produced or caused by glaciers

  • : very cold

  • : very slow

Full Definition of glacial

  1. 1 :  suggestive of ice: as a :  extremely cold :  frigid <a glacial wind> b :  devoid of warmth and cordiality <a glacial handshake> c :  coldly imperturbable <maintained a glacial calm>

  2. 2 :  of a purity marked by the tendency to readily solidify in the form of ice-like crystals <glacial acetic acid>

  3. 3 a (1) :  of, relating to, or being any of those parts of geologic time from Precambrian onward when a much larger portion of the earth was covered by glaciers than at present (2) capitalized :  pleistocene b :  of, relating to, or produced by glaciers c :  suggestive of the very slow movement of glaciers <progress on the bill has been glacial>

gla·cial·ly play \-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of glacial

  1. Progress on the bill has been glacial.

  2. <a glacial weather front coming down from Canada will bring freezing temperatures this weekend>



Origin of glacial

Latin glacialis, from glacies


First Known Use: 1656

Rhymes with glacial


GLACIAL Defined for Kids

glacial

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adjective gla·cial \ˈglā-shəl\

Definition of glacial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to glaciers <glacial ice>

  2. 2 :  very cold

  3. 3 :  very slow <a glacial pace>





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