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a sheet of floating ice, as on the surface of the sea
Not to be confused with:
flow – to move along in a stream; to circulate; to issue or proceed from a source
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1. An ice floe.
2. A segment that has separated from such an ice mass.
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(Physical Geography) See ice floe
[C19: probably from Norwegian flo slab, layer, from Old Norse; see flaw1]
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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]
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A mass or sheet of floating ice.
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Floea field or pack of ice or similar substance.
Examples: cloud floes, 1886; ice floe, 1817.
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floe[fləʊ] n (also ice floe) → banchisa
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