shelf ice


Definition of 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 Winter wonderland: Explore shelf ice and winter beach formations at Indiana Dunes State Park at noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25. Post-Tribune, "Five things to do in Northwest Indiana Feb. 23-25," 20 Feb. 2018 Access may be challenging due to shelf ice around marsh edges. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Outdoors report: Warming again after early-week bout with the white stuff," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of shelf ice

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Shelf ice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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