Definition of frazil in English:


Line breaks: fra¦zil
Pronunciation: /ˈfreɪz(ə)l
(also frazil ice)


[mass noun] North American
  • Soft or amorphous ice formed by the accumulation of ice crystals in water that is too turbulent to freeze solid.
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    • The initial form of sea ice is a slurry of ice crystals called frazil ice, which under various conditions grow together to form many different and complex ice forms.
    • It is an object of the invention to provide an underwater frazil ice detector which is self cleaning.
    • An equation representing the threshold conditions for the formation of frazil ice jams was determined.


late 19th century: from Canadian French frasil 'snow floating in the water', from French fraisil 'cinders'.

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