glacier


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gla·cier

 (glā′shər)
n.
A huge mass of ice slowly flowing over a landmass, formed from compacted snow in an area where snow accumulation has exceeded melting and sublimation.

[French, from Old French, cold place, from glace, ice, from Vulgar Latin *glacia, from Latin glaciēs; see gel- in Indo-European roots.]

gla′ciered adj.

glacier

(ˈɡlæsɪə; ˈɡleɪs-)
n
(Physical Geography) a slowly moving mass of ice originating from an accumulation of snow. It can either spread out from a central mass (continental glacier) or descend from a high valley (alpine glacier)
[C18: from French (Savoy dialect), from Old French glace ice, from Late Latin glacia, from Latin glaciēs ice]

gla•cier

(ˈgleɪ ʃər)

n.
an extended mass of ice formed from snow falling and accumulating over the years and moving very slowly, either descending from high mountains, as in valley glaciers, or moving outward from centers of accumulation, as in continental glaciers.
[1735–45; < dial. French, derivative of Old French glace ice < Vulgar Latin *glacia]
gla′ciered, adj.

gla·cier

(glā′shər)
A large mass of ice flowing very slowly through a valley or spreading outward from a center. Glaciers form over many years from packed snow in areas where snow accumulates faster than it melts. A glacier is always moving, but when its forward edge melts faster than the ice behind it advances, the glacier as a whole shrinks backward.

glacier

A mass of ice that creeps down a valley, scouring its floor and sides.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glacier - a slowly moving mass of iceglacier - a slowly moving mass of ice    
Alpine glacier, Alpine type of glacier - a glacier that moves down from a high valley
continental glacier - a glacier that spreads out from a central mass of ice
icefall - a steep part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfall
ice mass - a large mass of ice
moraine - accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier
neve - the upper part of a glacier (beyond the limit of perpetual snow) where the snow turns to ice
Piedmont glacier, Piedmont type of glacier - a type of glaciation characteristic of Alaska; large valley glaciers meet to form an almost stagnant sheet of ice
ice, water ice - water frozen in the solid state; "Americans like ice in their drinks"
Translations
كُتلة جليديَّهنَهْرٌ جَليدِيّ
ledovec
gletschergletsjerjøkelbræ
liustik
jäätikkö
ledenjakglečer
gleccser
jökull
氷河
빙하
ledynas
šļūdonis
ledenik
glaciär
ธารน้ำแข็ง
khối băng trôi

glacier

[ˈglæsɪəʳ] Nglaciar m

glacier

[ˈglæsiər ˈgleɪsiər] nglacier m

glacier

nGletscher m

glacier

[ˈglæsɪəʳ] nghiacciaio

glacier

(ˈglӕsiə) , ((American) ˈgleiʃər) noun
a mass of ice, formed from the snow on mountains.

glacier

نَهْرٌ جَليدِيّ ledovec gletscher Gletscher παγετώνας glaciar jäätikkö glacier ledenjak ghiacciaio 氷河 빙하 gletsjer isbre lodowiec geleira, glaciar ледник glaciär ธารน้ำแข็ง buzul khối băng trôi 冰河
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The abrupt sides of vast mountains were before me; the icy wall of the glacier overhung me; a few shattered pines were scattered around; and the solemn silence of this glorious presence-chamber of imperial nature was broken only by the brawling waves or the fall of some vast fragment, the thunder sound of the avalanche or the cracking, reverberated along the mountains, of the accumulated ice, which, through the silent working of immutable laws, was ever and anon rent and torn, as if it had been but a plaything in their hands.
I remembered the effect that the view of the tremendous and ever-moving glacier had produced upon my mind when I first saw it.
In the fire-side narrative of Captain Sleet, entitled A Voyage among the Icebergs, in quest of the Greenland Whale, and incidentally for the re-discovery of the Lost Icelandic Colonies of Old Greenland; in this admirable volume, all standers of mast-heads are furnished with a charmingly circumstantial account of the then recently invented crow's-nest of the Glacier, which was the name of Captain Sleet's good craft.
Farther up we were as-sailed by enormous white bears--hungry, devilish fellows, who came roaring across the rough glacier tops at the first glimpse of us, or stalked us stealthily by scent when they had not yet seen us.
We should freeze to death among the snows and glaciers long before we had discovered a pass to the opposite side.
The soil was removed, and there lay the rasped and guttered track which the ancient glacier had made as it moved along upon its slow and tedious journey.
In central Chile I was astonished at the structure of a vast mound of detritus, about 800 feet in height, crossing a valley of the Andes; and this I now feel convinced was a gigantic moraine, left far below any existing glacier.
So greatly has the climate of Europe changed, that in Northern Italy, gigantic moraines, left by old glaciers, are now clothed by the vine and maize.
The fragments which had fallen from the glacier into the water were floating away, and the channel with its icebergs presented, for the space of a mile, a miniature likeness of the Polar Sea.
That he had in youth the feelings of a poet I believe-for there are glimpses of extreme delicacy in his writings-(and delicacy is the poet's own kingdom-his El Dorado)-but they have the appearance of a better day recollected; and glimpses, at best, are little evidence of present poetic fire; we know that a few straggling flowers spring up daily in the crevices of the glacier.
On the Exchange there were hurricanes and landslides and snowstorms and glaciers and volcanoes, and those elemental disturbances were reproduced in miniature in the broker's offices.
She always, indeed, struck Newland Archer as having been rather gruesomely preserved in the airless atmosphere of a perfectly irreproachable existence, as bodies caught in glaciers keep for years a rosy life-in-death.