adjective gla·cial \ˈglā-shəl\

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

: very cold

: very slow

Full Definition of GLACIAL

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

GLACIALLY Defined for Kids


adjective gla·cial \ˈglā-shəl\

Definition of GLACIAL for Kids

:  of or relating to glaciers <glacial ice>
:  very cold
:  very slow <a glacial pace>


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