Definition of icefall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈīsˌfôl/


1A steep part of a glacier that looks like a frozen waterfall.
Example sentences
  • The glaciers, the icefalls, the three summits - we can see none of it.
  • For us a serac is a big block or pinnacle of ice sticking up in the middle of the feature of a glacier called an icefall.
  • Check out that smooth sunrise turning all the pointy peaks and deadly icefalls a soft, deceiving pink.
2A fall of loose ice; an avalanche of ice.
Example sentences
  • This is usually attributed to objective dangers - unpredictable acts of God, such as avalanches, icefalls, rockfall, and horrid weather.
  • Dozens of icefalls (ice avalanches) now occur per day all around us.
  • Just as long as you don't forget that, in the end, it's not lightning or rapids, avalanches or equipment, rockslides or icefalls that are going to get you.

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Syllabification: ice·fall

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