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Iceland

Ice·land

 (īs′lənd)
An island country in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle. Norse settlers arrived c. 850-875, and Christianity was introduced c. 1000. Iceland passed to Norway in 1262 and, with Norway, to Denmark in 1380. In 1918 it became a sovereign state still nominally under the Danish king, until Icelanders voted for full independence in 1944. Reykjavík is the capital and the largest city.

Ice′land·er n.

Iceland

(ˈaɪslənd)
n
(Placename) an island republic in the N Atlantic, regarded as part of Europe: settled by Norsemen, who established a legislative assembly in 930; under Danish rule (1380–1918); gained independence in 1918 and became a republic in 1944; contains large areas of glaciers, snowfields, and lava beds with many volcanoes and hot springs (the chief source of domestic heat); inhabited chiefly along the SW coast. The economy is based largely on fishing and tourism. Official language: Icelandic. Official religion: Evangelical Lutheran. Currency: króna. Capital: Reykjavik. Pop: 315 281 (2013 est). Area: 102 828 sq km (39 702 sq miles)

Ice•land

(ˈaɪs lənd)

n.
1. a large island in the N Atlantic between Greenland and Scandinavia. 39,698 sq. mi. (102,820 sq. km).
2. a republic including this island and several smaller islands: formerly Danish; independent since 1944. 272,512. Cap.: Reykjavik.
Ice′land`er (-ˌlæn dər, -lən dər) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Iceland - an island republic on the island of IcelandIceland - an island republic on the island of Iceland; became independent of Denmark in 1944
NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization - an international organization created in 1949 by the North Atlantic Treaty for purposes of collective security
Iceland - a volcanic island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle
capital of Iceland, Reykjavik - the capital and chief port of Iceland on the southwestern coast of Iceland; buildings are heated by natural hot water
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
Icelander - a native or inhabitant of Iceland
2.Iceland - a volcanic island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle
Iceland, Republic of Iceland - an island republic on the island of Iceland; became independent of Denmark in 1944
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
Translations
Island
Island
Islando
Island
ایسلند
Islanti
איסלנד
Island
Izland
アイスランド
아이슬란드
Islande
Islanda
Island
Islandija
Island
ประเทศไอซ์แลนด์
nước Iceland

Iceland

[ˈaɪslənd]
A. NIslandia f
B. CPD Iceland spar Nespato m de Islandia

Iceland

[ˈaɪslənd] nIslande f
in Iceland → en Islande
to Iceland → en Islande

Iceland

nIsland nt

Iceland

[ˈaɪslənd] nl'Islanda

Iceland

أَيْسْلَنْدَا Island Island Island Ισλανδία Islandia Islanti Islande Island Islanda アイスランド 아이슬란드 IJsland Island Islandia Islândia Исландия Island ประเทศไอซ์แลนด์ İzlanda nước Iceland 冰岛
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It was cold as Iceland --no fire at all --the landlord said he couldn't afford it.
And even in the days of Banks and Solander, Cooke's naturalists, we find a Danish member of the Academy of Sciences setting down certain Iceland Whales (reydan-siskur, or Wrinkled Bellies) at one hundred and twenty yards; that is, three hundred and sixty feet.
Whymper refers to a case which occurred in Iceland in 1721:
Nor could I pass unnoticed the suggestion of the bleak shores of Lapland, Siberia, Spitzbergen, Nova Zembla, Iceland, Greenland, with "the vast sweep of the Arctic Zone, and those forlorn regions of dreary space,--that reservoir of frost and snow, where firm fields of ice, the accumulation of centuries of winters, glazed in Alpine heights above heights, surround the pole, and concentre the multiplied rigours of extreme cold.
The frozen little isle of Iceland has one-quarter as many; and even into Turkey, which was a forbidden land under the regime of the old Sultan, the Young Turks are importing boxes of telephones and coils of copper wire.
Here, in the whirlpool of European races, the Ugric tribe bore down from Iceland the fighting spirit which Thor and Wodin game them, which their Berserkers displayed to such fell intent on the seaboards of Europe, aye, and of Asia and Africa too, till the peoples thought that the werewolves themselves had come.
For sport, you might fish in Norway or Iceland, or shoot in Hungary; you could run to a yacht if you cared about it, and if you fancy big game, why, there's all Africa before you.
Even when I took command, she was fit only for the junk pile; but the world-old parsimony of government retained her in active service, and sent two hundred men to sea in her, with myself, a mere boy, in command of her, to patrol thirty from Iceland to the Azores.
They settled Iceland and Greenland and prematurely discovered America; they established themselves as the ruling aristocracy in Russia, and as the imperial body-guard and chief bulwark of the Byzantine empire at Constantinople; and in the eleventh century they conquered southern Italy and Sicily, whence in the first crusade they pressed on with unabated vigor to Asia Minor.
I did not know whether they had come to sow a crop of winter rye, or some other kind of grain recently introduced from Iceland.
Even the square stone tower of the church looked northern to the point of heathenry, as if it were some barbaric tower among the sea rocks of Iceland.
He would come triumphantly flying out of Vesuvius and Aetna ahead of the lava, and would boil unharmed in the hot springs of Iceland, and would float majestically down the Ganges and the Nile.