Found 2 items, similar to ice age.
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Definition: ice age
n : any period of time during which glaciers covered a large
part of the earth's surface; “the most recent ice age was
during the Pleistocene”
[syn: glacial period
, glacial epoch
English → English
Definition: Ice age
([imac]s), n. [OE. is, iis, AS. [=i]s; aksin to D.
ijs, G. eis, OHG. [=i]s, Icel. [=i]ss, Sw. is, Dan. iis, and
perh. to E. iron.]
1. Water or other fluid frozen or reduced to the solid state
by cold; frozen water. It is a white or transparent
colorless substance, crystalline, brittle, and viscoidal.
Its specific gravity (0.92, that of water at 4[deg] C.
being 1.0) being less than that of water, ice floats.
Note: Water freezes at 32[deg] F. or 0[deg] Cent., and ice
melts at the same temperature. Ice owes its cooling
properties to the large amount of heat required to melt
2. Concreted sugar. --Johnson.
3. Water, cream, custard, etc., sweetened, flavored, and
4. Any substance having the appearance of ice; as, camphor
, ice which sometimes forms about stones and
other objects at the bottom of running or other water, and
is thus attached or anchored to the ground.
, ice formed in bays, fiords, etc., often in
extensive fields which drift out to sea.
, anchor ice.
(Geol.), the glacial epoch or period. See under
(Naut.), a grapnel for mooring a vessel to a
field of ice. --Kane.
[Dan. iisblink], a streak of whiteness of the
horizon, caused by the reflection of light from ice not
yet in sight.
(a) A boat fitted with skates or runners, and propelled on
ice by sails; an ice yacht.
(b) A strong steamboat for breaking a channel through ice.
or Ice chest
, a box for holding ice; a box in
which things are kept cool by means of ice; a
, a brook or stream as cold as ice. [Poetic]
[for iced cream], cream, milk, or custard,
sweetened, flavored, and frozen.
, an extensive sheet of ice.
, Ice floe
, a sheet of floating ice similar to
an ice field, but smaller.
, shore ice in Arctic regions; an ice belt. --Kane.
, a close-covered pit or building for storing ice.
(Physics), a machine for making ice
artificially, as by the production of a low temperature
through the sudden expansion of a gas or vapor, or the
rapid evaporation of a volatile liquid.
. See Ice pilot
, an irregular mass of broken and drifting ice.
, a transparent film of gelatin for copying or
reproducing; papier glac['e]
(Zo["o]l.), a shearwater (Puffinus gelidus
the Antarctic seas, abundant among floating ice.
, a sharp instrument for breaking ice into small
, a pilot who has charge of a vessel where the
course is obstructed by ice, as in polar seas; -- called
also ice master
, a pitcher adapted for ice water.
, a large tool for grooving and cutting ice.