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gla·cial

 (glā′shəl)
adj.
1.
a. Of, relating to, or produced by a glacier.
b. Extremely slow, like the movement of a glacier: Work proceeded at a glacial pace.
2.
a. often Glacial Characterized or dominated by the existence of glaciers. Used of a geologic epoch.
b. Pleistocene. See Table at geologic time.
3. Extremely cold; icy: a glacial rain. See Synonyms at cold.
4. Having the appearance of ice.
5.
a. Lacking warmth and friendliness: a glacial stare.
b. Coldly detached: a glacial composure.

[French, from Old French, icy, from Latin glaciālis, from glaciēs, ice; see gel- in Indo-European roots.]

gla′cial·ly adv.

glacial

(ˈɡleɪsɪəl; -ʃəl)
adj
1. (Geological Science) characterized by the presence of masses of ice
2. (Geological Science) relating to, caused by, or deposited by a glacier
3. extremely cold; icy
4. cold or hostile in manner: a glacial look.
5. (Chemistry) (of a chemical compound) of or tending to form crystals that resemble ice: glacial acetic acid.
6. very slow in progress: a glacial pace.
ˈglacially adv

gla•cial

(ˈgleɪ ʃəl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to glaciers or ice sheets.
2. resulting from or associated with the action of ice or glaciers: glacial terrain.
3. characterized by the presence of ice in extensive masses or glaciers.
4. bitterly cold; icy.
5. happening or moving extremely slowly.
6. icily unsympathetic: a glacial stare.
7. of, pertaining to, or tending to develop into icelike crystals: glacial phosphoric acid.
[1650–60; < Latin glaciālis icy]
gla′cial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.glacial - relating to or derived from a glacier; "glacial deposit"
2.glacial - devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain; "a frigid greeting"; "got a frosty reception"; "a frozen look on their faces"; "a glacial handshake"; "icy stare"; "wintry smile"
cold - extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion; "a cold unfriendly nod"; "a cold and unaffectionate person"; "a cold impersonal manner"; "cold logic"; "the concert left me cold"
3.glacial - extremely cold; "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather"
cold - having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; "a cold climate"; "a cold room"; "dinner has gotten cold"; "cold fingers"; "if you are cold, turn up the heat"; "a cold beer"

glacial

adjective
1. icy, biting, cold, freezing, frozen, bitter, raw, chill, piercing, arctic, polar, chilly, frosty, wintry The air from the sea felt glacial.
2. unfriendly, hostile, cold, icy, frosty, antagonistic, frigid, inimical The Duchess gave him a glacial look and moved on.

glacial

adjective
1. Very cold:
Archaic: frore.
Idiom: bitter cold.
2. Lacking all friendliness and warmth:
Translations
بارِد جِداًجَليدي
ledovcovýledovýstudený
gletscher-iskoldisnende
befagyottglaciális
ledyninisledynų
ledainsledaja-ledus-stindzinošs
ľadovcový
buzulludondurucuson derece soğuk

glacial

[ˈgleɪsɪəl] ADJ
1. (Geol) [erosion] → glaciar; [period] → glacial; (= cold) [weather, wind] → glacial
2. [person, stare, atmosphere] → glacial

glacial

[ˈgleɪsiəl ˈgleɪʃəl] adj
(GEOGRAPHY)glaciaire
(= cold) [wind, weather] → glacial(e)

glacial

adj
(Geol) → Gletscher-, glazial (spec); glacial landscapeGletscherlandschaft f; at a glacial pace (fig)im Schneckentempo
(= cold) look, windeisig; (fig) person, atmosphere, smilefrostig

glacial

[ˈgleɪsɪəl] adjglaciale
glacial advance → espansione f glaciale
glacial retreat → ritiro dei ghiacciai

glacial

(ˈgleiʃəl) adjective
1. of glaciers; formed by ice. a glacial valley; glacial deposits.
2. extremely cold. a glacial wind.

glacial

a. glacial, rel. al. hielo o semejante al mismo.
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What we're proposing is that, during the glacials, when it's colder and drier, there's severe wind erosion in the Qaidam Basin and the dust gets blown out and deposited downwind in the Loess Plateau:
The wind is not having such effects now because the climate is different, Kapp indicates, suggesting the westerly winds shift north during interglacial periods like that of the current climate and toward the equator during glacial periods.
During the glacial periods, the winds whisked sediment out of the Basin.
He declared with particular reference to the Permian glacials present in the tropics of India and Africa, that 'it will now be necessary to explain not only the former presence of the great ice sheet in the tropics but marked alternations of seasons too.
Harland and Bidgood (1959) reported magnetic data purporting to record equatorial paleolatitudes for Neoproterozoic glacials, and invoked a huge 'infracambrian glaciation' of global extent involving 'near synchronous worldwide tillites' (Harland, 1964, Harland and Herod, 1975, p.
During glacial periods, there seems to have been from 10 to 100 times more dust in the atmosphere than there was during intermediate warm spells, says Petr Chylek, an atmospheric scientist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Of the six dusty periods recorded in Antarctic ice cores that cover the last 420,000 years, four immediately preceded the end of the four glacial periods recognized during that time.
For nearly 2 million years, Earth has been moving to the rhythm of the ice ages, bopping back and forth between long glacial epochs and short, balmy spans known as interglacials.
Since the late 1800s, scientists have theorized that subtle shifts in Earth's orbit orchestrate the glacial cycle.