Definition of icebreaker in English:

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icebreaker

Pronunciation: /ˈīsˌbrākər/

noun

1A ship designed for breaking a channel through ice.
Example sentences
  • Later this month he will fly to Uruguay, and from there catch an ice-breaker ship to the base.
  • It is named Arctic because it is an ice-breaker used in Arctic seas.
  • There was a Russian ice-breaker tour, with tickets costing around $40,000.
1.1A thing that serves to relieve inhibitions or tension between people, or start a conversation.
Example sentences
  • Also, team-building activities can be much different than ice-breakers - which do you really want?
  • It's a good ice-breaker with people; we talk to them, and it's a little more personable.
  • The mock editorial board worked well at Columbia as an ice-breaker to start the day.
1.2A thing that breaks up moving ice so as to lessen its impact, especially a structure protecting the upstream end of a bridge pier.
Example sentences
  • The Yenisey binds the territory together on its 1,800-mile passage north to the Kara Sea, where icebreakers help keep open the northern shipping route.
  • The team will use three icebreakers as it tries to take cores from the Lomonosov Ridge between Siberia and Greenland.
  • At that time the Antarctic Programme was stationed in Lyttelton and he could watch the US Coastguard vessels, icebreakers and helicopters.

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Syllabification: ice·break·er

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