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ice foot

(in polar regions) a belt of ice frozen to the shore, formed chiefly as a result of the rise and fall of the tides.
Compare fast ice.
Origin of ice foot
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There on the top of a little ridge, fifty or sixty yards above the ice-foot, was plainly outlined the figure of a man.

  • They were in groups all along the ice-foot in the lee of rocks and icy pinnacles.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • He came out along the ice-foot to meet me, and something in his face told me he had bad news even before he spoke.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • From this ice-foot a snow-slope rose to the top of the barrier.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • A long steel-shod sledge was then dragged from the Hut and used to bridge the interval between the ice-foot and the floe.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Madigan, who was in charge of the whale-boat, kept it moored in the boat-harbour under shelter of the ice-foot.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • We had to fetch ice for our water from some stranded floes on the ice-foot, and this we did in a little sledge.

    Antarctic Penguins George Murray Levick
  • On the northern faces of the ridges, fronting the ice-foot, large, yellowish patches mark the sites of penguin rookeries.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • This brought us alongside the ice-foot, from which Campbell got a shot at it half a minute later, and wounded it in the neck.

    Antarctic Penguins George Murray Levick
  • The latter, after several narrow escapes, took refuge on an ice-foot projecting from the edge of the floe.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for ice-foot

ice foot

a narrow belt of ice permanently attached to the coast in polar regions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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