ice floe


Definition of ice floe 

: a usually large flat free mass of floating sea ice

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Small ice floes on the Potomac River are common, but the large ice dams near Washington are somewhat rare. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "The Potomac River has a history of disastrous ice floes during a rapid thaw," 10 Jan. 2018 Blocks of ice floes freeze together, forming a solid mass wide enough to connect the United States and Canada. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "People used to walk to Canada across frozen-over Niagara Falls. An accident changed everything.," 2 Jan. 2018 In one world, the Akili rides an ice floe along a river. Sarah Deweerdt, Science | AAAS, "Can science-based video games help kids with autism?," 22 June 2018 During the winter of 1899, frigid air reached all the way to South Florida, and ice floes were reported at the mouth of the Mississippi, entering into the Gulf of Mexico. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Historical photos of unparalleled polar vortex outbreaks in D.C.," 4 Jan. 2018 Ice floes smash through during the spring thaw — indeed, an ice floe toppled a German military bridge built during World War II — and the area is prone to earthquakes. New York Times, "Putin Opens Bridge to Crimea, Cementing Russia’s Hold on Neighbor," 15 May 2018 During the winter, the artists watch bald eagles float by on ice floes. Eben Shapiro, Time, "Inside the Art Studio That Brings Broadway Shows to Life," 10 May 2018 Researchers determined that ice floes contain particularly high concentrations of polyethylene, used primarily in packaging material. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Arctic ice choked with record amount of microplastic from cigarette butts to packing material," 25 Apr. 2018 The Coast Guard and Monroe County Sheriff were notified of people flashing lights on an ice floe at about 8 p.m. A Coast Guard helicopter team found two groups of fishermen and hoisted them to safety. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "5 ice fishermen rescued from Lake Erie ice floe," 13 Jan. 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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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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