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ice floe

noun
1.
a large flat mass of floating ice.
2.
floe (def 1).
Origin of ice floe
1810-1820
1810-20
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  • He turned a bright face on her as he struck out for the edge of the other ice floe.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • A few miles from Petersburg we saw the first ice floe with its deep marine coloring, floating slowly towards the open sea.

  • This meant that we were caught in the ice floe with no means of getting out!

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • The freshness of the bear's tracks is proof that it had not drifted on some ice floe from remote parts of the Arctic basin.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • They were adrift on the ice floe, which was steadily taking them seaward.

    Bobby of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • The big crack was followed by a general splitting up of the ice floe.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
  • Only his own length from him was the cleft in the ice floe, and it went down to deep water.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • We ran into an ice floe last night and the Ark slipped upon the ledge of the iceberg and grounded.

British Dictionary definitions for ice floe

ice floe

noun
1.
a sheet of ice, of variable size, floating in the sea See also ice field (sense 1)
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ice floe in Science
ice floe  
A large, flat expanse of floating ice smaller than a marine ice field.
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