ice floe


Definition of ice floe

: a usually large flat free mass of floating sea ice

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Recent Examples on the Web The Polarstern’s crew moored the ship to a large ice floe in October 2019, and the ship has been moving with it ever since. Anchorage Daily News, "A scientific expedition to the top of the earth," 15 Mar. 2020 According to some of the Russian fishermen, by the time they had been rescued the rift between the ice floe and the coast was already 660 feet wide., "Russia rescues 536 fishermen stranded on giant ice floe," 29 Jan. 2020 Thomas Krumpen, a Wegener Institute senior scientist who was aboard the Akademik Fedorov, a Russian icebreaker that accompanied the expedition for the first month before returning to Norway, said that finding a good ice floe had been difficult. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Stuck in Arctic Ice, Dodging Polar Bears. All for Science.," 22 Nov. 2019 But first, scientists will have to find the perfect ice floe. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 Much of MOSAiC’s first leg was spent searching for an appropriate ice floe for the ship to freeze next to and use as a main research base. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Frozen in Dwindling Ice, a Historic Expedition Finds a “New Arctic”," 10 Jan. 2020 Oceanographer Tom Weingartner figured that yellow drifter had hitched a ride on an ice floe and sailed north. Anchorage Daily News, "Plastic discs released in the ’70s by a scientist off Alaska’s northern coast keep returning home," 30 Nov. 2019 As wind pushes waves toward the leading edge of the ice floe, what's happening underneath the water's surface makes a big difference. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Are These Strange Ice Volcanoes Along Lake Michigan?," 20 Feb. 2020 The valley’s inhabitants enlisted the services of the bishop of Geneva to exorcise the implacable ice floe. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ice floe

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Ice floe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ice floe

: a large, flat area of ice floating in the ocean

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