shelf ice


: an extensive ice sheet originating on land but continuing out to sea beyond the depths at which it rests on the sea bottom

Examples of shelf ice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Authorities said Bryce Dunfee was walking with friends on shelf ice on West Beach about 5:30 p.m. when the ice began to crack. Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Bryce Dunfee was last seen with a group of friends walking on shelf ice along the park’s West Beach. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2022 Winter wonderland: Explore shelf ice and winter beach formations at Indiana Dunes State Park at noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25. Post-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2018 Access may be challenging due to shelf ice around marsh edges. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, 24 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelf ice was in 1910

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“Shelf ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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