glacier

noun
gla·​cier | \ ˈglā-shər How to pronounce glacier (audio) also -zhər How to pronounce glacier (audio) , 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

Examples of glacier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Italy, the collapse of an Alpine glacier killed 11 people last month, and rivers like the Po are running low; water rationing measures are the new summer norm. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 July 2022 At least 11 people died when a glacier collapsed on July 3 in the Dolomites, a tragedy that Prime Minister Mario Draghi attributed to climate change. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Relatives of the victims have questioned whether authorities should have closed the area to hikers because the glacier has been melting faster and faster over the last decade. Harold Maass, The Week, 7 July 2022 But the glacier has been rapidly melting away over the past decades, with much of its volume gone. Frances D'emilio, Anchorage Daily News, 4 July 2022 But the glacier has been rapidly melting away over the past decades, with much of its volume gone. Frances D'emilio, Chicago Tribune, 4 July 2022 But the glacier has been rapidly melting away over the past decades, with much of its volume gone. al, 4 July 2022 But the glacier has been rapidly melting away over the past decades, with much of its volume gone. Frances D'emilio, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2022 Officials in Italy say that at least six individuals were killed on Sunday after a glacier's collapse in the northern Italian Alps caused an avalanche. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 3 July 2022 See More

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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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27 Jul 2022

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“Glacier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glacier. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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glacier

noun
gla·​cier | \ ˈglā-shər How to pronounce glacier (audio) \

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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