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ice field

a large sheet of floating ice, larger than an ice floe.
Origin of ice field
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • On its western flank is an ice field called Unicorn Glacier.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • Increase of snowfall will increase the pressure of the snow and ice field by increasing its mass.

  • There was nothing that they could do, and they might as well be sleeping as wandering aimlessly about the ice field.

    Ungava Bob Dillon Wallace
  • The fact is that the ice field in question is not dependent for its support on the avalanches from above.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • We are out of the ice field and steaming past Cape St. John.

    Le Petit Nord Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • On its northern slope lies an ice field called Pinnacle Glacier.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • Once across the ice field Dick's horse fell and for a time could not get up again.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • To Lorraine, softened by years of southern California weather, it seemed to blow straight off an ice field, it was so cold.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • The explosion of the terrible agent had broken up the ice field.

    The Waif of the "Cynthia" Andr Laurie and Jules Verne
  • The ice field of Europe was much smaller, measuring about seven hundred and seventy thousand square miles.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
British Dictionary definitions for ice field

ice field

a very large flat expanse of ice floating in the sea; large ice floe
a large mass of ice permanently covering an extensive area of land
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ice field in Science
ice field  
  1. A large expanse of ice covering a mountainous region and consisting of several interconnected glaciers.

  2. An extensive area of ice on the surface of the ocean, consisting of multiple ice floes and covering an area that is greater than 10 km (6.2 mi) across.

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