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Definition of floe

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

Examples of floe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lasse Rabenstein, the expedition’s chief scientist, and other sea-ice experts on board would have to choose a floe that can safely support the crew and equipment. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 On November 14, a storm arrived, and the men scrambled to find a secure floe. Adventure, 23 Dec. 2020 As part of the expedition, the Polarstern anchored to a large floe last fall and set up a camp on the ice, creating a small scientific village protected from wandering polar bears by alarms and scouts. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, 12 Oct. 2020 And today it is filled with young floes of churning nitrogen ice. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 26 Mar. 2020 In mid-November, a violent storm opened up a new crack between the Polarstern and its floe, knocking over a 100-foot meteorological tower and threatening to snap power cables. Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2020 Or maybe a little detached, like the floe that carried all those winter anglers across the lake 30 years ago. Will Ryan, Field & Stream, 20 Feb. 2020 To the untrained eye, the floe appears vast and unchanging. Quanta Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 But few landscapes are more dynamic than the Arctic ice cap, a mosaic of small floes only a few kilometers across. Quanta Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floe. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of floe

: a sheet or mass of floating ice

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