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ice shelf

an ice sheet projecting into coastal waters so that the end floats.
Origin of ice shelf
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ice shelf
  • The melting of an ice shelf, which is merely a floating projection into the sea, would not affect sea levels.
  • They were to see for themselves the melting ice shelf and enjoy what remains of the spectacular views.
  • The only thing in this article that is likely true, is the ice shelf breaking off.
  • Explain that an ice shelf is a permanent, floating piece of ice that is attached to land.
  • The ice flows into a relatively small but thick ice shelf.
British Dictionary definitions for ice shelf

ice shelf

a thick mass of ice that is permanently attached to the land but projects into and floats on the sea
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