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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The event, which in real time lasted around half an hour, shows a four-mile iceberg breaking away from the Helheim glacier in eastern Greenland. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Stunning Video of a Greenland Iceberg Collapse," 10 July 2018 Pudding stones in particular were transported to Michigan by glaciers during the Ice Age, according to the Central Michigan Lapidary and Mineral Society. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Where to find 5 of Michigan's coolest rocks," 28 June 2018 The melting of massive glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica is also pushing up the seas—NASA announced last week that the amount of ice lost annually from Antartica has tripled since 2012 to an enormous 241 billion tons a year. Oliver Milman, WIRED, "Analysis: Zillow Shows Rising Seas Threaten Over 300,000 Homes," 19 June 2018 Thwaites, a 182,000-square-kilometer glacier in the Amundsen Sea, acts as a plug, blocking the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from flowing into the ocean. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "U.S.-U.K. science armada to target vulnerable Antarctic ice sheet," 30 Apr. 2018 When large chunks break off of glaciers, the process is known as calving. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Incredible video shows 4-mile iceberg breaking in Greenland," 12 July 2018 In 2016, at the urging of helicopter companies wanting to offer more flights for Lunar New Year, the conservation department granted a trial eightfold increase in aircraft landings on a remote Fiordland glacier. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Anger Over Tourists Swarming Vacation Hot Spots Sparks Global Backlash," 22 May 2018 Serena, facing a glacier of indifference, is compelled to do something radical., "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 This will help scientists calculate the height of glaciers, sea ice and forests. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA researchers: Arctic ice loss has tripled since 2012," 22 June 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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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


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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