pack ice


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web All of the hallmark Attenborough-isms are there: ominous strings as killer whales stalk a seal atop some pack ice. WIRED, 18 Sep. 2022 But that summer brought unusually dense pack ice, and the ship, which Stefansson paid for by persuading the Canadian government to give him money on humanitarian grounds, was unable to reach them. Kate Siber, Outside Online, 18 Jan. 2018 Navigator reaches the Arctic Circle via Canada, Greenland, and Iceland (think expanses of pack ice, volcanoes, and geysers). Sue Bryant, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 During the period of study, 11 southeast Greenland bears floated away on pack ice, which is ice that is untethered to shore and able to float away. Evan Bush, NBC News, 16 June 2022 The Weddell Sea is notoriously icy, a function of a rotating current, or gyre, that keeps much of the pack ice within the sea for years. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Disaster struck in 1915 when the ship became trapped in the pack ice. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 In early 1915, about 100 miles from the bay, the Endurance became stuck in the Weddell’s drifting pack ice. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 Unfortunately, in 1915, the expedition ship became trapped in a dense pack of ice off the Caird coast, drifting for 10 months before it was ultimately crushed in the pack ice. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pack ice was in 1842

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“Pack ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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pack ice


: sea ice formed into a mass by the crushing together of chunks and sheets of ice

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