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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But the Kangshung glacier, too, was deserted.
▪ I tried to count all the glaciers and gave up at 30.
▪ It was as tall and cold as a glacier rolling down a valley, crunching trees like matchsticks.
▪ Just a short distance away, looming above a glacier, was the dazzling, ice-hung bulk of Chonku Chuli.
▪ Official archaeology views it as the chance remains of a glacier.
▪ The streams gradually filled with gravel and left behind these ridges when the glaciers melted.
▪ The way of the glaciers allowed him to fuse traditional creationism with the insights of modern science.
▪ There is now a strong case for a realistic dialogue between those studying glacier dynamics and those studying forms.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Glacier \Gla"cier\, n. [F. glacier, fr. glace ice, L. glacies.] An immense field or stream of ice, formed in the region of perpetual snow, and moving slowly down a mountain slope or valley, as in the Alps, or over an extended area, as in Greenland.

Note: The mass of compacted snow forming the upper part of a glacier is called the firn, or n['e]v['e]; the glacier proper consist of solid ice, deeply crevassed where broken up by irregularities in the slope or direction of its path. A glacier usually carries with it accumulations of stones and dirt called moraines, which are designated, according to their position, as lateral, medial, or terminal (see Moraine). The common rate of flow of the Alpine glaciers is from ten to twenty inches per day in summer, and about half that in winter.

Glacier theory (Geol.), the theory that large parts of the frigid and temperate zones were covered with ice during the glacial, or ice, period, and that, by the agency of this ice, the loose materials on the earth's surface, called drift or diluvium, were transported and accumulated.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1744, from French glacier, from Savoy dialect glacière "moving mass of ice," from Old French glace "ice," from Vulgar Latin glacia (source also of Old Provençal glassa, Italian ghiaccia), from Latin glacies (see glacial).


n. (context geology English) A large body of ice which flows under its own mass, usually downhill.


n. a slowly moving mass of ice

Glacier, WA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Washington
Population (2000): 90
Housing Units (2000): 228
Land area (2000): 3.007073 sq. miles (7.788284 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.007073 sq. miles (7.788284 sq. km)
FIPS code: 26875
Located within: Washington (WA), FIPS 53
Location: 48.888296 N, 121.933857 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 98244
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Glacier, WA
Glacier -- U.S. County in Montana
Population (2000): 13247
Housing Units (2000): 5243
Land area (2000): 2994.717699 sq. miles (7756.282905 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 42.389528 sq. miles (109.788368 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3037.107227 sq. miles (7866.071273 sq. km)
Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30
Location: 48.627154 N, 112.810119 W
Glacier, MT
Glacier County
Glacier County, MT
Glacier (wrestler)

Raymond M. Lloyd (born May 13, 1964) is an American martial artist, professional wrestler, and actor. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling from 1996 to 1999 under the ring name Glacier.

Glacier (disambiguation)

A glacier is a geological formation of ice.

Glacier may also refer to:

Glacier (band)

Glacier (styled as GLACIER) is a visual kei rock band from Okinawa, Japan. Makoto, Nao and Aki have been friends since they were elementary schoolchildren. The three members started the band in Okinawa. They released a CD single Nangoku Shōjo from a Japanese record label Crown Records on 23 July 2008.

Glacier (2013)

Glacier is a Bessie Awards-nominated dance work by contemporary choreographer Liz Gerring.


A glacier ( or ) is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight; it forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries. Glaciers slowly deform and flow due to stresses induced by their weight, creating crevasses, seracs, and other distinguishing features. They also abrade rock and debris from their substrate to create landforms such as cirques and moraines. Glaciers form only on land and are distinct from the much thinner sea ice and lake ice that form on the surface of bodies of water.

On Earth, 99% of glacial ice is contained within vast ice sheets in the polar regions, but glaciers may be found in mountain ranges on every continent except Australia, and on a few high-latitude oceanic islands. Between 35°N and 35°S, glaciers occur only in the Himalayas, Andes, Rocky Mountains, a few high mountains in East Africa, Mexico, New Guinea and on Zard Kuh in Iran. Glaciers cover about 10 percent of Earth's land surface. Continental glaciers cover nearly or about 98 percent of Antarctica's , with an average thickness of . Greenland and Patagonia also have huge expanses of continental glaciers.

Glacial ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth. Many glaciers from temperate, alpine and seasonal polar climates store water as ice during the colder seasons and release it later in the form of meltwater as warmer summer temperatures cause the glacier to melt, creating a water source that is especially important for plants, animals and human uses when other sources may be scant. Within high altitude and Antarctic environments, the seasonal temperature difference is often not sufficient to release meltwater.

Because glacial mass is affected by long-term climactic changes, e.g., precipitation, mean temperature, and cloud cover, glacial mass changes are considered among the most sensitive indicators of climate change and are a major source of variations in sea level.

A large piece of compressed ice, or a glacier, appears blue as large quantities of water appear blue. This is because water molecules absorb other colors more efficiently than blue. The other reason for the blue color of glaciers is the lack of air bubbles. Air bubbles, which give a white color to ice, are squeezed out by pressure increasing the density of the created ice.

GLACIER (General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator)

GLACIER (General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator) was designed and developed by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering (CBSE) for NASA Cold Stowage. Glacier was originally designed for use on board the Space Shuttle, but is now used for storing scientific samples on ISS in the EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) rack, and transporting samples to/from orbit via the Spacex Dragon (spacecraft) or Cygnus (spacecraft). GLACIER is a double middeck locker equivalent payload designed to provide thermal control between +4 °C and -160 °C.

Usage examples of "glacier".

I first saw clearly the great glacier among the mountains to the southwest, which was to give us a pathway from the sea level of the Barrier up to the altiplano, ten thousand feet above.

I I SILVER WINGS, SANTIAGO BLUE The deep blueness of a glacier colored her look.

Fine calcareous dust, loss, was picked up from the crushed rock at the edges of the glaciers and deposited for hundreds of miles.

And Tia and Old King Cold were separated from the rest of their group, driven in different directions, until even the king--who had lived his entire life in the frozen climes and knew every glacier and every bit of frozen tundra as if it was his own body--even he had no idea which way was east or west, or even up or down.

Hardboileds, toffee, fudge and allsorts, crunches, cracknels, humbugs, glaciers, marzipan, and butterwelsh for the Welsh.

On the lip of this summit, however, which was circular and hollow, rested a tremendous flat boulder, something like a glacier stone--perhaps it was one, for all I know to the contrary--and the end of this boulder approached to within twelve feet or so of us.

Something short of the summit of the Saint Gothard pass, the great road of the Furca diverges to the right, passes the Rhone Glacier, enters the Rhone Valley, and conducts you to Brieg and the foot of the Simplon.

But immediately after the young mountains were born, the rain and the glaciers had begun their work, gouging and eroding, washing the mountains back to the sea: On this turbulent planet, rock flowed like water, and mountain ranges rose and fell like dreams.

Then he was going to hold grim carnival on the glacier with Keelhaul de Rosa and his killer group.

I trade north of Ax Glacier for the furs of sleen, the pelts of leem and larts.

She told him about Leep, and her mother, and Fami and its history, and the glacier and her escape.

Beyond, all the way to the sheer walls of the immense northern glacier, lay the arid loess steppes, an environment that existed only when glaciers were on the land, during the Ice Age.

They dragged themselves upward in a worn and weary way, for they had been climbing steadily from the Grand Mulets, on the Glacier des Dossons, since three in the morning, and it was eleven, now.

There are no sastruga fields, no snow humps, no crevasses or glaciers, no ice streams flowing through the sheet to calve bergs.

The Pissaillas glacier looms above the town, skiable through most of the summer.