\ ˈflō How to pronounce floe (audio) \

Definition of floe

1 : floating ice formed in a large sheet on the surface of a body of water
2 : ice floe

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Mission leader Markus Rex said that researchers plan to anchor the German icebreaker RV Polarstern to a large floe and set up camp on the ice as the sea freezes around them, conducting experiments throughout the Arctic winter. Washington Post, "Scientists to be trapped in ice for year-long Arctic mission," 3 July 2019 Analyses of ice paths from previous years suggest that the ideal floe lies about 335 miles east of the North Pole. Anchorage Daily News, "For the biggest Arctic expedition ever, scientists will trap themselves in sea ice," 13 June 2019 Pictures shared on social media and by local emergency services also show sprawling floes of ice cluttering up beaches, roads, and even some lakeside residences. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Ice tsunami' crashes onto northern lake shores. Here's why.," 25 Feb. 2019 Players tilt a tablet device back and forth to steer the floe, avoiding icebergs and icy walls on either side. Sarah Deweerdt, Science | AAAS, "Can science-based video games help kids with autism?," 22 June 2018 First, Schmidt needed a method to distinguish algae growing under the ice from those that thrive in open seas and in the transitional areas in between—a seasonal landscape of frozen floes and melting ice known as the marginal ice zone (MIZ). Randall Hyman, Science | AAAS, "Polar sea ice leads to more productive oceans," 6 Apr. 2018 The multimillion-dollar plane was damaged during the incident and can't fly on its own power off the floe, a Bald Mountain representative said Wednesday. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Man struck in head by plane during Navy training exercise in the frozen Arctic Ocean," 28 Mar. 2018 And, if Minervudottir’s tale never quite coheres, never quite touches the rest of the book, then her very ice-floe remoteness becomes a stark reminder of our society’s detachment from a world in which a woman could simply and happily be left alone. Naomi Alderman, New York Times, "A Novel That Asks, What if Abortion Were Again Illegal?," 22 Jan. 2018 On a bone-chilling afternoon, teams of two divers dove among the floes while a third diver sat ready in case his help was required. Author: Dan Lamothe, Alaska Dispatch News, "In a changing Arctic, a lone Coast Guard icebreaker maneuvers through ice and geopolitics," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of floe

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for floe

probably from Norwegian flo flat layer

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English Language Learners Definition of floe

: a sheet or mass of floating ice


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Kids Definition of floe

: a sheet or mass of floating ice

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