ice age


Definition of ice age 

1 : a time of widespread glaciation

2 capitalized I&A : the Pleistocene glacial epoch

Examples of ice age in a Sentence

changes that occurred during the last ice age

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Both monuments represent a leap beyond the naturalistic images of the ice age. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "This 11,000-year-old statue unearthed in Siberia may reveal ancient views of taboos and demons," 25 Apr. 2018 These ice ages are caused by the planet's slowly-shifting rotational tilt. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Study Says Mars Had a Lot of Water Just 500,000 Years Ago," 23 June 2015 The thinking is that as the ice age ended and the enormous Laurentide ice sheet atop North America began to retreat, the resulting meltwater fed a bevy of large lakes atop the depressed surface of the continent. Christopher Mooney,, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018 Dr Waltham argues that the Moon is just the right size to allow the Earth both a stable obliquity and poles warm enough to keep any ice ages relatively minor. The Economist, "Empty sky, empty Earth?," 5 July 2018 Despite the criticism, Herridge, Carnall, and Freedman are all excited that Lego is featuring ice age animals and inspiring kids about science. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Digging mammoths in the Arctic isn’t as pretty and sci-fi as this new Lego set suggests," 21 May 2018 Thirteen thousand years ago, an ice age was ending, the Earth was warming, the oceans were rising. Christopher Mooney,, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018 What’s next is not so much a trade war or even a cold war as the dawn of an ice age in relations between China and the United States. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "After Trump’s New Tariff Threat, China Seeks Strategy for Retaliation," 11 July 2018 The effect of this nodding on the planet’s seasons is one of the things which sets the rhythm of the ice ages. The Economist, "Empty sky, empty Earth?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of ice age

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ice age

: a time in the distant past when a large part of the world was covered with ice

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Kids Definition of ice age

: a period of time during which much of the earth is covered with glaciers

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