Definition of glacier in English:


Syllabification: gla·cier
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlāSHər


A slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles.
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  • Above us, waterfalls tumbled down the mountainside from glaciers that hung over the lip of high cols.
  • They had to cross the mountains, glaciers and snowfields to reach the whaling station on the other side.
  • Nowhere in the world would one find such a high concentration of huge mountains, peaks, glaciers and passes.


mid 18th century: from French, from glace 'ice', based on Latin glacies.

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