glacier[glā′s̸hər; chiefly Brit, -sē ər]
A large glacier.
- The definition of a glacier is a huge mass of ice and snow that forms where snow gathers faster than it melts and flows along with water over an area of land.
An example of a glacier is the Perito Moreno in Patagonia.
Origin of glacierFrench (orig., Savoy dialect, dialectal from source also German gletscher) ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form glaciarium ; from glacia, for Classical Latin glacies, ice: see glacial
Origin of glacierFrench, from Old French, cold place, from glace, ice, from Vulgar Latin *glacia, from Latin glaciēs; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
Jacobsen Glacier in the Monarch Icefield of the British Columbia Coastal Range, Canada
- (geology) A large body of ice which flows under its own mass, usually downhill.