ice·berg | \ˈīs-ˌbərg \

Definition of iceberg 

1 : a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier

2 : an emotionally cold person

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Synonyms for iceberg


cold fish, cold turkey

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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

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Our nation’s handy grab-and-go options tend to be tightly packed disappointments of iceberg or romaine leaves, tossed with some dry chicken cubes, and paired with packets of goopy balsamic dressing. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Make Your Store-Bought Lunch Salad a Little Less Depressing," 19 June 2018 There’s even a man-made iceberg that visitors are invited to touch. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018 Some 1,517 people died after the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank on its maiden voyage from Great Britain to New York. Amy Mcrary, USA TODAY, "Massive Lego replica of Titanic built by boy with autism finds home in Pigeon Forge," 17 Apr. 2018 The tabular iceberg is built like a pancake: large, flat, relatively stable. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "A Time-Lapsed Glacier Collapse Is the Saddest Science Lesson," 9 July 2018 The idea itself, of towing an iceberg from the poles to provide fresh water, is not new. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Town Wants to Tow an Iceberg to Solve Its Water Shortage," 6 July 2018 In late March, 2000, an iceberg larger than Jamaica, the largest ever recorded, broke off Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "World’s Largest Iceberg Is Melting Away After 18 Years Adrift," 9 June 2018 Now complete, the warehouse looks a bit like a steely blue iceberg: monolithic, windowless, and blank. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, "Tax-Free Storage Wars," 29 May 2018 Marine salvage expert Nick Sloane has proposed capturing a drifting iceberg in the southern sea, wrapping it in fabric and towing it to the South African coast. NBC News, "Cape Town's water disaster averted due to public shaming, police crackdown," 7 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to iceberg

the tip of the iceberg

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The first known use of iceberg was in 1784

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English Language Learners Definition of iceberg

: a very large piece of ice floating in the ocean


ice·berg | \ˈīs-ˌbərg \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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