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 That ice sheet is the second largest in the world, behind Antarctica, and accounts for the vast majority of the polar ice cap. Cassidy Randall, Outside Online, 11 Jan. 2020 Isabelle Huppert is a melting ice cap; Penélope Cruz a meadow at dawn. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 The photos included a few cosmic selfies of the spacecraft above the planet's signature scarlet surface and a view of its northern ice cap, reports Andrew Jones for Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 The camp's six solar-heated canvas tents have views of its eponymous mountain: one of a cluster of rock pillars rising up to 3,000 feet above the ice cap that were first explored by Norway's Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen in the early 20th century. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, 29 Dec. 2021 The Arctic ice cap is thinning, prompting a rise in sea level and the erosion of coastal areas; permafrost is thawing, releasing toxic gases like methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and endangering existing infrastructure. Daria Solovieva, Fortune, 21 Dec. 2021 That rump of legacy estates is like the polar ice cap – shrinking over time. Peter Bendor-samuel, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is home to its namesake granite towers as well as sparkling lagoons and otherworldly glaciers — the park's Perito Moreno Glacier is part of the third-largest ice cap in the world. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2021 This was my sixth trip to Iceland but my first time tunneling through an ice cap. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ice cap

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of ice cap was in 1816

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Last Updated

17 Apr 2022

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“Ice cap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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