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 These were all rapidly ruled out after the scientists analyzed weather reports and measured the downhill slope of the glacier. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Glacier mice have no feet, but they still move in herds," 28 May 2020 Remarkable aerial pictures show pink-colored snow in the Presena glacier in the Italian Alps. Fox News, "Why has pink snow appeared in the Alps?," 7 July 2020 The cone of ice was called an ice stupa: an artificial glacier made by villagers, and named after a type of sacred Buddhist structure. National Geographic, "Episode 1: The Towers of Ladakh," 16 June 2020 In the past 22 years, one giant glacier in East Antarctica has retreated almost three miles. Helen Regan, CNN, "The South Pole has been warming at three times the global average over the past 30 years, study says," 29 June 2020 The crash was virtually forgotten until a military training mission spotted a yellow life raft on the glacier. Washington Post, "More fragments from 1952 crash in Alaska found in glacier," 27 June 2020 The team worked for months developing this floating glacier that would become Ahtohallan, from individual ice structures to how Elsa's transformation sequence would play out. Nick Romano,, "The heartbreaking story behind a Frozen 2 character and other moments from Into the Unknown," 27 June 2020 One Wilderness Society staffer contracted giardiasis after drinking water running off a glacier. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Finding and Purifying Water," 19 June 2020 Watch as the team maps the impacts of climate change on Mt. Everest in a way the world has never seen before to better understand the world’s highest glacier. National Geographic, "Creating a virtual reconstruction of Everest Base Camp," 16 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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 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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