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ice floe

a large flat mass of floating ice.
floe (def 1).
Origin of ice floe
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One might as well be steering through an ice-floe as try to come to an anchor here without running foul of something.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • At night I would find the sheets of my bed as cold as an ice-floe.

  • The ice-floe on which they were was rent asunder, and the current was rapidly drifting them out toward the open sea.

    Fridtjof Nansen Jacob B. Bull
  • You suppose it feels something like this to be caught on an ice-floe without any food and so starve to death.

    Of All Things Robert C. Benchley
  • On the preceding night Hans had noted that the ice-floe was approaching nearer to the land.

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The ice-floe was so deep down in the water that the current that ran underneath drew it along.

  • The pieces of ice-floe bobbing in the choppy current inspired him with uneasiness, even with fear.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Also, in polar parlance, an opening cut out of an ice-floe, into which a ship is warped for security.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • I judge so from what I know of the chart of the lake, and what I can guess of where we drifted on that ice-floe.

    The Ice Queen Ernest Ingersoll
  • He indicated some distant objects which seemed to be floating between the barque and the ice-floe.

    Yule Logs Various
British Dictionary definitions for ice-floe

ice floe

a sheet of ice, of variable size, floating in the sea See also ice field (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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ice-floe in Science
ice floe  
A large, flat expanse of floating ice smaller than a marine ice field.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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