pack ice

noun

Definition of pack ice

: sea ice formed into a mass by the crushing together of pans, floes, and brash

Examples of pack ice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their vessel is afloat in the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean, and communications are so minimal as to preclude phone calls, let alone Zoom. The Economist, "A floating Arctic laboratory An icebreaker called Polarstern is revealing the Arctic’s secrets," 20 June 2020 Clumsy and laborious on land, crabeater seals are elegant and agile swimmers that spend their entire lives in the pack ice zone surrounding the frozen continent. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 Clumsy and laborious on land, crabeater seals are elegant and agile swimmers that spend their entire lives in the pack ice zone surrounding the frozen continent. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 Clumsy and laborious on land, crabeater seals are elegant and agile swimmers that spend their entire lives in the pack ice zone surrounding the frozen continent. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020 At the world's other extreme, near the North Pole, the German research icebreaker Polarstern is drifting surrounded by pack ice, with an international team of scientists onboard studying the Arctic's sea, ice and climate for an entire year. NBC News, "At the extremes of the earth, scientists stymied by coronavirus concerns," 13 Oct. 2016 The yearlong expedition in the Arctic, known as Mosaic, is centered on a research icebreaker, Polarstern, that has been drifting with the pack ice for the past six months. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Coronavirus Restrictions Force Cancellation of Arctic Research Flights," 16 Mar. 2020 Until then the Polarstern will be drifting with the pack ice for hundreds of miles, near the North Pole and across the Arctic. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Endless Night at -50 Degrees: A Look at Life on an Icebreaker," 7 Feb. 2020 Ice picks are soldered to the blades of the oars to help break through pack ice as teams of five paddle through... Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A graduate student blows off steam by helping a team power their canoe through the frigid waters of Calgary’s Bow River," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pack ice

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Pack ice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pack%20ice. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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pack ice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pack ice

: a very large sheet of ice floating in the sea that is made from smaller pieces that have frozen together

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