Definition of "icebreaker" []

  • Nautical A sturdy ship built for breaking a passage through icebound waters. Also called iceboat. (noun)
  • A protective pier or dock apron used as a buffer against floating ice. (noun)
  • Something done or said to relax an unduly formal atmosphere or situation. (noun)
  • A beginning; a start. (noun)
  • A vessel with a reinforced bow for breaking up the ice in bodies of water to keep channels open for navigation (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any tool or device for breaking ice into smaller pieces (noun)
  • Something intended to relieve mutual shyness at a gathering of strangers (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "icebreaker" in a sentence
  • "Greenpeace's icebreaker is in Buenos Aires, this is not innocent, it is the voice of the environmentalists, ecologists and citizens conscious of taking care of their house."
  • "* An Arctic icebreaker is sliced in half by said hockey stick."
  • "In small groups of 5-8, one fun icebreaker is called “2 Truths 1 Lie”."