ice berg

iceberg

[ahys-burg]
noun
1.
a large floating mass of ice, detached from a glacier and carried out to sea.
2.
Informal. an emotionally cold person.
3.
Australian Informal. a person who swims or surfs regularly in winter.
Idioms
4.
tip of the iceberg, the first hint or revelation of something larger or more complex: The new evidence in the case is just the tip of the iceberg.

Origin:
1765–75; half Anglicization, half adoption of Dutch ijsberg ice mountain; cognate with German Eisberg, Swedish isberg

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iceberg (ˈaɪsbɜːɡ)
 
n
1.  a large mass of ice floating in the sea, esp a mass that has broken off a polar glacier
2.  tip of the iceberg the small visible part of something, esp a problem or difficulty, that is much larger
3.  slang chiefly (US) a person considered to have a cold or reserved manner
 
[C18: probably part translation of Middle Dutch ijsberg ice mountain; compare Norwegian isberg]

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iceberg
1774, partial loan-transl. of Du. ijsberg, lit. "ice mountain," from ijs "ice" + berg "mountain." An earlier term was sea-hill (1694). Phrase tip of the iceberg, in a figurative sense, first recorded 1963.
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A massive body of floating ice that has broken away from a glacier or ice field. Most of an iceberg lies underwater, but because ice is not as dense as water, about one ninth of it remains above the surface.
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iceberg definition


A large piece of ice that has broken away from a glacier at the shore and floated out to sea.

Note: Most of the ice in an iceberg is underwater, leaving only the “tip of the iceberg” visible — a fact that is often alluded to in discussions of subjects in which the most important aspects are hidden from view.
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