Definition of glacier in English:

glacier

Line breaks: gla|cier
Pronunciation: /ˈglasɪə
 
, ˈgleɪsɪə
 
/

noun

  • A slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

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

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