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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.


(Physical Geography) covered by, or coming from, glaciers
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I admired the general humility of the space, with its mismatched chairs on the altar and its uneven floorboards, probably the original cedar planks loaned from the glaciered mountains outside.
STEINEM smites men GLACIERED large-iced WOMEN'S LIBERATION men rib as we toil on PRIMATE trim ape VERSATILITY variety list DIPLOMACY mad policy PUGILIST tip: I slug LEMONADE demon ale REFURBISH I rub fresh ARMAGEDDON mad god near
GRACE does not have fine enough resolution and ICESat does not have sufficient sampling density to study small glaciers, but the two satellites' estimates of mass change for large glaciered regions agree well, the study concluded.