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Definition of "glacier" []

  • A huge mass of ice slowly flowing over a land mass, formed from compacted snow in an area where snow accumulation exceeds melting and sublimation. (noun)
  • A slowly moving mass of ice originating from an accumulation of snow. It can either spread out from a central mass (continental glacier) or descend from a high valley (alpine glacier) (noun)

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Use "glacier" in a sentence
  • "A big risk of doing that is what they call glacier dust, which can make you quite sick, almost to same effects as like food poisoning."
  • "Hence the name glacier, which is derived from the Latin, glacies; French, glace, glacier."
  • "Satellite and ice measurements show the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at an increasing rate, and mountain glacier melting is accelerating;"