glacier

noun gla·cier \ ˈglā-shər also -zhər , especially British ˈgla-sē-ər or ˈglā-sē- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of glacier

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


GLACIER Defined for English Language Learners

glacier

noun

Definition of glacier for English Language Learners

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


GLACIER Defined for Kids

glacier

noun gla·cier \ ˈglā-shər \

Definition of glacier for Students

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


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