Icebreaker meaning

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A sturdy ship built for breaking a passage through icebound waters.
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A protective pier or dock apron used as a buffer against floating ice.
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A sturdy, powerful vessel designed to cut channels through heavy ice.
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A wedgelike structure for protecting a bridge pier, dock, etc. from floating ice.
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Something done or said to relax an unduly formal or tense situation.
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A ship designed to break through ice so that it, or other ships coming behind, can navigate on frozen seas.

The steel hulls of ice-breakers are much thicker than those of standard vessels.

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A game, activity, humorous anecdote, etc., designed to relax a group of people to help them get to know each other.

The new college hallmates were awkward with each other at first, but after a game of charades as an icebreaker, they were laughing like old friends.

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