floe

noun
\ˈflō \

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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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 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 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 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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floe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of floe

: a sheet or mass of floating ice

floe

noun
\ˈflō \

Kids Definition of floe

: a sheet or mass of floating ice

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