Definition of floe in English:

floe

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Pronunciation: /fləʊ
 
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(also ice floe)

noun

A sheet of floating ice.
More example sentences
  • This choice allowed us to travel comfortably with the wind at our backs while viewing the constant vista of mountains and valleys, the ice-speckled Atlantic Ocean in the distance dotted with floes of drift ice from Quebec and Labrador.
  • Fast ice and vast floes, on average, dominated both study areas over the study period.
  • The ship moved through the pack ice, elbowing floes out of the way as if they were unwanted thoughts.

Origin

early 19th century (superseding flake1 in this sense): probably from Norwegian flo, from Old Norse fló 'layer'.

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