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floe

 (flō)
n.
1. An ice floe.
2. A segment that has separated from such an ice mass.

[Probably from Norwegian flo, layer, from Old Norse flō; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

floe

(fləʊ)
n
(Physical Geography) See ice floe
[C19: probably from Norwegian flo slab, layer, from Old Norse; see flaw1]

floe

(floʊ)

n.
1. a sheet of floating ice, chiefly on the surface of the sea, smaller than an ice field.
2. a detached floating portion of such a sheet.
Also called ice floe .
[1810–20; perhaps < Norwegian flo layer (compare Old Norse flō layer, level); c. Old English flōh piece, flagstone; compare flaw1]

floe

(flō)
A mass or sheet of floating ice.

Floe

 a field or pack of ice or similar substance.
Examples: cloud floes, 1886; ice floe, 1817.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.floe - a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at seafloe - a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea
ice mass - a large mass of ice
Translations

floe

[fləʊ] N (= ice floe) → témpano m de hielo

floe

[ˈfləʊ] n (also ice floe) → morceau m de banquise

floe

nTreibeis nt, → Eisscholle f

floe

[fləʊ] n (also ice floe) → banchisa
References in classic literature ?
In the spring he and his people retreated from the floes to the rocky mainland, where they put up tents of skins, and snared the sea-birds, or speared the young seal basking on the beaches.
The smashing and rebound of the floes as they grounded and splintered marked the borders of it, and a friendly shoal ran out to the northward, and turned aside the rush of the heaviest ice, exactly as a ploughshare turns over loam.
The edge of the floe off which the seal were used to fish in winter lay perhaps twenty miles beyond this barrier, and out of reach of the Tununirmiut.
Then they could see the ridged and furrowed surface of the floe tipped and laced with strange colours--red, copper, and bluish; but in the ordinary starlight everything turned to one frost-bitten gray.
Also, the strong current which sets east out of Lancaster Sound carried with it mile upon mile of what they call pack-ice--rough ice that has not frozen into fields; and this pack was bombarding the floe at the same time that the swell and heave of the storm-worked sea was weakening and undermining it.
If the floe broke up there would be no more waiting and suffering.
The Thing moved off slowly and clumsily across the ridges, heading always toward the westward and the land, and they followed, while the growling thunder at the edge of the floe rolled nearer and nearer.
That showed that the floe was being jammed home against the iron cliffs of Bylot's Island, the land to the southward behind them.
When we have eaten those we will all follow the seal on the floe.
But the fear of sinking passed away like their vigour, like their hopes; the shocks of the floes knocking against the ship's side could not rouse them from their apathy: and the Borgmester Dahl drifted out again un harmed into open water.
I was heard aft, and we managed to clear the sunken floe which had come all the way from the Southern ice-cap to have a try at our unsuspecting lives.
Then as if I had in sober truth rescued her from an Alpine height or an Arctic floe, I busied myself with nothing but lighting the gas and starting the fire.