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ice·break·er

 (īs′brā′kər)
n.
1. A sturdy ship built for breaking a passage through icebound waters. Also called iceboat.
2. A protective pier or dock apron used as a buffer against floating ice.
3.
a. Something done or said to relax an unduly formal atmosphere or situation.
b. A beginning; a start.

ice′break′ing n.
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icebreaker

(ˈaɪsˌbreɪkə)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) Also called: iceboat a vessel with a reinforced bow for breaking up the ice in bodies of water to keep channels open for navigation
2. (Tools) any tool or device for breaking ice into smaller pieces
3. something intended to relieve mutual shyness at a gathering of strangers
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ice•break•er

(ˈaɪsˌbreɪ kər)

n.
1. a ship specially built for breaking navigable passages through ice.
2. something that eases tension or relieves formality.
3. a tool for chopping ice into small pieces.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.icebreaker - a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigationicebreaker - a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
2.icebreaker - a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere; "he told jokes as an icebreaker"
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
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Translations
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icebreaker

[ˈaɪsˌbreɪkəʳ] Nrompehielos m inv
we used the video as an icebreakerel vídeo nos sirvió para romper el hielo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

icebreaker

[ˈaɪsˌbreɪkəʳ] nrompighiaccio m inv (fig) (for group of students) gioco o esercizio fatto per rompere il ghiaccio all'inizio di una lezione
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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