glacier

noun
gla·​cier | \ˈglā-shər also -zhər, especially British ˈgla-sē-ə or ˈglā-sē-ə\

Definition of glacier 

: a large body of ice moving slowly down a slope or valley or spreading outward on a land surface

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Sounding Nature is the biggest global collection of nature sounds, featuring nearly 500 sounds from 55 countries, from jungles to glaciers to underwater shrimp recordings. Angela Chen, The Verge, "This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans," 9 Dec. 2018 Up and down the Andes, glaciers are vanishing at a pace that threatens the livelihood of local villagers, larger cities, and the Amazon basin itself. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 An Army Chinook helicopter from Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks also planned to launch with a ground crew onboard that can be inserted into a glacier staging area to assist with rescue operations. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Search resumes for airplane crashed in Denali National Park," 6 Aug. 2018 The men’s season kicks off Sunday with the traditional giant slalom on the Rettenbach glacier, a day after the women’s season opens. Eric Willemsen, The Seattle Times, "A family man now, Hirscher still favorite for overall title," 26 Oct. 2018 Along Antarctica’s west coast near the Amundsen Sea, great white glaciers the size of U.S. states slowly slide into the ocean. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "East Antarctica's Sleeping Giant Awakes," 17 Aug. 2018 This not only includes increasing temperature, but also extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and melting glaciers, for example. Emily Hernandez, Teen Vogue, "What Is Climate Change? Everything You Need To Know About Global Warming," 17 July 2018 If adventure is the spice of any relationship, then a hike on the biggest glacier in Iceland, squeezing into a remote ice cave, and staying up late to see the Northern Lights is the perfect antidote to one in a rut. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 30 Most Romantic Adventures," 8 Feb. 2018 The park has long been an early indicator of the effects of climate change, and has lost more than a hundred of its trademark glaciers in the last few decades. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Glacier National Park Wildfires Force Evacuations," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of glacier

1744, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glacier

French, from Middle French dialect (Franco-Provençal), from glace ice, from Latin glacies; akin to Latin gelu frost — more at cold

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glacier

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glacier

: a very large area of ice that moves slowly down a slope or valley or over a wide area of land

glacier

noun
gla·​cier | \ˈglā-shər \

Kids Definition of glacier

: a large body of ice moving slowly down a slope or over a wide area of land

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