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

Definition of icebound

: surrounded, obstructed, or covered by ice

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Recent Examples on the Web Angnatok helps non-locals glean at least a little of what the icebound world means to Inuit. Matthew Halliday/undark, Popular Science, "Inuit researchers are leading a scientific movement to understand life on the ice," 29 May 2020 Not long after the Arctic sun set for the final time last year, a ferocious storm descended on the isolated, icebound crew of the research vessel Polarstern. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Voyagers to the ‘epicenter of global warming’ struggle with storms, polar bears and thin ice," 13 Jan. 2020 Then, after a brief conversation between the creature and his maker, Berry transforms into Frankenstein, then back into the creature, before the piece rushes to its absurd, icebound conclusion. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’? Nothing to Be Scared Of," 17 Feb. 2020 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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“Icebound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of icebound

: surrounded or blocked by ice


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

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: surrounded or blocked by ice

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