ice·​bound | \ ˈīs-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce icebound (audio) \

Definition of icebound

: surrounded, obstructed, or covered by ice

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THE ARCTIC CIRCLE — More than a century has passed since the first successful transit of the treacherous, icebound Northwest Passage by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1906. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "Global warming melts ice, alters fabled Northwest Passage," 18 July 2017 Sometimes an icebound ship thawed out unharmed, leaving its crew merely thinner, colder, and crazier come springtime. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Literature’s Arctic Obsession," 24 Apr. 2017 The presence of Mr. Kerry, the highest-ranking United States government official ever to visit Antarctica, lifted the morale of scientists working to understand the icebound continent. Justin Gillis, New York Times, "John Kerry’s Antarctica Visit Highlights a Continent, and Climate Policies, Under Threat," 15 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of icebound

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of icebound

: surrounded or blocked by ice


ice·​bound | \ ˈīs-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce icebound (audio) \

Kids Definition of icebound

: surrounded or blocked by ice

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