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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The easiest explanation for a series of ridges like this would be a moraine, debris left behind at the edge of a glacier's furthest extent. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Enigmatic ridges on Pluto may be the remains of vanished nitrogen glaciers," 17 Nov. 2018 The area around the crash site, which is popular with hikers and skiers and includes a glacier, was closed to the public. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Finding cause of Swiss Alps vintage plane crash proves major challenge; 20 killed," 5 Aug. 2018 Dust and water ice slowly accumulated, building up into a glacier that has nearly filled the hole left behind by that long-ago collision. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 The Earth was a mostly cold and dry place during this period of history, when the world's glaciers were at their greatest. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Many Deaths And Rebirths of the Great Barrier Reef," 29 May 2018 The glacier, which sits below the sharp ridges of 21,086-foot Langshisha Ri, was about 45 miles as the crow flies from where Dawa Yangzum grew up. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Smashing Guiding's Glass Ceiling," 3 Apr. 2018 Sea ice-free seasons have lengthened by up to three months; nearly 600 of the region’s 674 glaciers are in retreat. National Geographic, "Hidden Penguin Mega-Colonies Discovered in Antarctica," 2 Mar. 2018 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

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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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