noun \ˈīs-ˌbərg\

: a very large piece of ice floating in the ocean

Full Definition of ICEBERG

:  a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier
:  an emotionally cold person

Examples of ICEBERG

  1. <a brilliant doctor, no doubt, but both patients and staff complain that he is an iceberg>

Origin of ICEBERG

probably part translation of Dan or Norwegian isberg, from is ice + berg mountain
First Known Use: 1820

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Floating mass of ice that has broken from the seaward end of a glacier or a polar ice sheet. Icebergs are typically found in open seas, especially around Greenland and Antarctica. They form mostly during each hemisphere's spring and summer, when warmer weather increases the rate of calving (separation) of icebergs at the boundaries of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and smaller outlying glaciers. In the Northern Hemisphere, about 10,000 icebergs are produced each year from the Greenland glaciers, and an average of 473 flow into the North Atlantic shipping lanes, where they are a hazard to navigation, especially because only about 10% of an iceberg is exposed above the surface of the sea.


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