glacial

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adjective gla·cial \ˈglā-shəl\

Definition of glacial

  1. 1 :  suggestive of ice: such asa :  extremely cold :  frigid a glacial windb :  devoid of warmth and cordiality a glacial handshakec :  coldly imperturbable maintained a glacial calm

  2. 2 :  of a purity marked by the tendency to readily solidify in the form of ice-like crystals glacial acetic acid

  3. 3a (1) :  of, relating to, or being any of those parts of geologic time from Precambrian onward when a much larger portion of the earth was covered by glaciers than at present (2) capitalized :  pleistoceneb :  of, relating to, or produced by glaciersc :  suggestive of the very slow movement of glaciers progress on the bill has been glacial

glacially

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Examples of glacial in a sentence

  1. Progress on the bill has been glacial.

  2. a glacial weather front coming down from Canada will bring freezing temperatures this weekend

Origin and Etymology of glacial

Latin glacialis, from glacies


First Known Use: 1656


GLACIAL Defined for English Language Learners

glacial

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adjective gla·cial \ˈglā-shəl\

Definition of glacial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to glaciers : produced or caused by glaciers

  • : very cold

  • : very slow


GLACIAL Defined for Kids

glacial

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adjective gla·cial \ˈglā-shəl\

Definition of glacial for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to glaciers glacial ice

  2. 2 :  very cold

  3. 3 :  very slow a glacial pace



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