\ 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

Examples of floe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On November 14, a storm arrived, and the men scrambled to find a secure floe. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 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, "Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data," 12 Oct. 2020 And today it is filled with young floes of churning nitrogen ice. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Collision on One Side of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain on the Other, Study Suggests," 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, "Why the MOSAiC Expedition’s Research Is So Vital to Climate Change Research," 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, "Getting Wild on the Ice for Yellow Perch," 20 Feb. 2020 To the untrained eye, the floe appears vast and unchanging. Quanta Magazine, "The Voyage to the End of Ice," 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, "The Voyage to the End of Ice," 16 Jan. 2020 Choosing the right floe had its challenges, as the ice in the region proved to be thinner and less stable than the mission’s organizers had expected. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Frozen in Dwindling Ice, a Historic Expedition Finds a “New Arctic”," 10 Jan. 2020

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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 7 May. 2021.

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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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