ice floe


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to ice floe: pack ice

ice floe

n.
A flat expanse of floating ice smaller than an ice field.

ice floe

n
(Physical Geography) a sheet of ice, of variable size, floating in the sea. See also ice field1

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ice floe - a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at seaice floe - a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea
ice mass - a large mass of ice
Translations
References in periodicals archive ?
An extraordinary literary novel written in a precise and delicate prose, as well as exceptional emotional poise and passion, In "The Little Girl on the Ice Floe" Adelaide Bon tells a sensitive story that is both terrifying and all too common.
DESPERATE villagers are trying to save an "exhausted and confused" polar bear after it was carried 450 miles on an ice floe.
Villagers are trying to save an "exhausted and confused"polar bearthat ended up 450 miles off course after being carried away on an ice floe.
He said: "It was during the survey of a multi-year sea-ice floe (ice thickness of 20-30m) that the AUV terminated its mission due to an error and it surfaced under the ice floe and became trapped in an ice cavity rather than surfacing in open water.
Summary: Thirty-five years ago, as part of a global expedition, Charles Burton and I traveled across the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole, camping for three months on a fast-moving ice floe.
In this beautiful picture book, Polar Bear and two of his friends are swept out to sea when their ice floe breaks away from the Arctic icepack and floats south.
"We are well-read yet brassy workingclass women who've punched their way up from a council house in Wolverhampton to a TV series - currently the only TV series in Britain by and about working-class woman, which is pretty damn poor when you think about - so we're not just going to sit on an ice floe and wait to die, like old Eskimos.
Bakas Sadyrov, a 93-year-old resident of Naryn town, told Turmush how he sailed on an ice floe for almost 6 hours on the Naryn River.
A ROYAL Marine from County Durham has received his Long Service and Good Conduct medal atop an ice floe in one of the world's most remote and hostile locations.
According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Chinese "Snow Dragon" had reached the ice floe off the coast of Cape de la Motte, and had got about 6.7 nautical miles from the Russian-operated MV Akademik Shokalskiy, but called off the mission later, Fox News reports.
Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi ordered in late May preparation of an urgent evacuation plan for the North Pole 40 (SP-40), due to the break-up of the ice floe it is located on.