ice cap


Definition of ice cap

1 : a cover of perennial ice and snow specifically : a glacier forming on an extensive area of relatively level land and flowing outward from its center
2 : an ice bag shaped to the head

Examples of ice cap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Constructing IceCube took 5 years of drilling into the Antarctic ice cap with hot-water jets. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Neutrino hunters go underwater in quest to trap ghost particles," 31 Mar. 2021 The town, accessible via seasonal flight, ferry, or cruise, will soon open the Ilulissat Icefjord Center, a sleek new visitor center overlooking the Ilulissat Icefjord, one of few destinations where Greenland’s ice cap meets the sea. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, "Greenland Is Approaching Tourism Slowly—And Taking Lessons from Iceland," 24 Mar. 2021 This private planet has been lovingly refurbished with a full-service continent, including a Sub-Zero ice cap and convection volcanoes. Isabella Giovannini, The New Yorker, "Zillow Listings for Earth," 2 Mar. 2021 In addition, a melting polar ice cap is leaving the once impassable Arctic Ocean ice-free for longer periods of time, creating new vulnerabilities for the U.S. and Canada, current and former military officials say. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Cold War-Era Defense System to Get Upgrade to Counter Russia, China," 27 Feb. 2021 Finally, rod action might vary from fast to moderate-fast or even moderate, because slower rod actions can absorb powerful runs and surges as trout begin to approach the ice cap. Field & Stream, "Best Ice Fishing Rods: How to Choose the Best Ice Rod for Your Winter Fishing," 26 Feb. 2021 Greenland’s ice cap has taken thousands of years to form. Charlotte Gray, WSJ, "Two Books on Travels in the New North," 11 Dec. 2020 Ousland led the way to the edge of the Arctic ice cap. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 As the ice cap melts away, global sea levels will rise, endangering many coastal cities around the world. Charlotte Gray, WSJ, "Two Books on Travels in the New North," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ice cap

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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5 Apr 2021

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“Ice cap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ice cap

: a very large and thick sheet of ice that covers the North Pole, the South Pole, or another region

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Kids Definition of ice cap

: a large more or less level glacier flowing outward in all directions from its center

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