ice needle


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ice needle

n.
A thin ice crystal floating high in the atmosphere in certain conditions of clear, cold weather.

ice needle

n
(Physical Geography) meteorol one of many needle-like ice crystals that form cirrus clouds in clear cold weather

ice′ nee`dle


n.
an acicular ice crystal afloat in the atmosphere.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ice needle - small crystals of iceice needle - small crystals of ice    
downfall, precipitation - the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
H2O, water - binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
crystal - a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure
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Diffraction occurs when a tiny aperture (like a pinhole) or particle (like a cloud droplet or ice needle edge) is similar in size to the wavelengths of light.
Since this phenomenon was caused by ice needles, the inner ring cut directly in front of the Moon, with the outer, exactly twice the radius of the first, encircling all.
Walking into a buffeting wind laden with ice needles was heavy going, an effort to put one foot in front of the other.