ice·​berg | \ ˈīs-ˌbərg How to pronounce iceberg (audio) \

Definition of iceberg

1 : a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier
2 : an emotionally cold person

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Examples of iceberg in a Sentence

a brilliant doctor, no doubt, but both patients and staff complain that he is an iceberg
Recent Examples on the Web But here, on days when the air is very sharp and clear, people know that a floating iceberg must be close. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 Anyone who’s tried cutting back the quantity of sugar in a recipe only to find an unscoopable iceberg in their freezer has encountered this outcome. Paul Stephen,, "No ice cream maker required to cool off with these DIY frozen desserts this summer," 24 June 2020 On Wednesday, Dallas County eclipsed a new threshold and warned of rising hospitalizations, a sign that the iceberg is rising. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins: Record cases of coronavirus, rising hospitalizations are like an iceberg," 18 June 2020 When RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, crew members sent out numerous distress signals to any other ships in the vicinity using what was then a relatively new technology: a Marconi wireless telegraph system. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage," 28 May 2020 Jenkins equated hospitalization data to the tip of an iceberg and the number of cases to the mass hidden underneath. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins: Record cases of coronavirus, rising hospitalizations are like an iceberg," 18 June 2020 The Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. ship's time on April 14, 1912, and sank just over two hours later with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Fox News, "Titanic hero's whistle, other artifacts, up for auction," 12 June 2020 And this is just the tip of the tip of this innovation and adaptation iceberg. Matt Beane, Wired, "To Adapt to Tech, We're Heading Into the Shadows," 8 June 2020 While traversing this vast, magnificent ocean, our sun may have come across a cosmic iceberg, a sizable hunk of hydrogen ice adrift in space. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "A Hydrogen Iceberg from a Failed Star Might Have Passed through Our Solar System," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of iceberg

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for iceberg

probably partial translation of Danish or Norwegian isberg, from is ice + berg mountain

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The first known use of iceberg was in 1784

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Iceberg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of iceberg

: a very large piece of ice floating in the ocean


ice·​berg | \ ˈīs-ˌbərg How to pronounce iceberg (audio) \

Kids Definition of iceberg

: a large mass of ice that has broken away from a glacier and is floating in the ocean

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