Glacial
Glacial Gla"cial, a. [L. glacialis, from glacies ice: cf. F. glacial.] 1. Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial phenomena. --Lyell. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Resembling ice; having the appearance and consistency of ice; -- said of certain solid compounds; as, glacial phosphoric or acetic acids. [1913 Webster]

{Glacial acid} (Chem.), an acid of such strength or purity as to crystallize at an ordinary temperature, in an icelike form; as acetic or carbolic acid.

{Glacial drift} (Geol.), earth and rocks which have been transported by moving ice, land ice, or icebergs; bowlder drift.

{Glacial epoch} or {Glacial period} (Geol.), a period during which the climate of the modern temperate regions was polar, and ice covered large portions of the northern hemisphere to the mountain tops.

{Glacial theory} or {Glacial hypothesis}. (Geol.) See {Glacier theory}, under {Glacier}. [1913 Webster]


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  • glacial — glacial, iale [ glasjal ] adj. • v. 1390; lat. glacialis, de glacies → glace 1 ♦ Qui a la température de la glace, qui pénètre d un froid très vif. Air, vent glacial. Nuit glaciale d hiver. Des hivers glacials ou rare glaciaux. Zone glaciale,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • glacial — GLACIÁL, Ă, glaciali, e, adj. (livr.) 1. De gheaţă, rece ca gheaţa, care îngheaţă. 2. fig. (Despre acţiuni, manifestări ale oamenilor) Lipsit de orice căldură, bunăvoinţă, prietenie; distant, rece. [pr.: ci al] – Din fr. glacial, lat. glacialis.… …   Dicționar Român

  • glacial — adjetivo 1. De hielo o que parece producido por el hielo: frío glacial, viento glacial, mar glacial, temperatura glacial. Hace una noche glacial. 2. [Zona terrestre o marítima] que está situada dentro de los círculos polares: regiones glaciales.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • glacial — glacial, ale (gla si al, a l ) adj. 1°   Qui glace, qui est très froid. Vent, air glacial. •   Il eut d abord à s avancer sur une route glissante, encombrée de bagages et de fuyards, contre un vent violent soufflant en face et au travers d une… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • glacial — ‘Extremadamente frío’, referido normalmente a clima, o a las zonas o períodos en que hace este tipo de clima: «¿Cuál es el origen de ese descenso de la temperatura y, por tanto, del inicio de una época glacial?» (GaRamos Fósiles [Esp. 1987]). Se… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • glacial — [glā′shəl; ] chiefly Brit [, glā′sē əl] adj. [L glacialis, icy, frozen < glacies, ice < IE * glag , partial redupl. of base * gel , to freeze > COLD] 1. of or like ice or glaciers 2. of or produced by a glacier or a glacial epoch or… …   English World dictionary

  • glacial — (Del lat. glaciālis). 1. adj. Helado, muy frío. 2. Que hace helar o helarse. 3. Frío, desafecto, desabrido. 4. Geogr. Dicho de la tierra o del mar: Que está en las zonas glaciales. ☛ V. ácido acético glacial, zona glacial …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • glacial — 1650s, cold, icy, from Fr. glacial, from L. glacialis icy, frozen, full of ice, from glacies ice, probably from PIE root *gel cold (Cf. L. gelu frost; see COLD (Cf. cold)). Geological sense apparently coined in 1846 by British naturalist Edward… …   Etymology dictionary

  • glacial — [adj1] extremely cold antarctic, arctic, biting, bitter, chill, chilly, cool, freezing, frigid, frosty, frozen, gelid, icy, nippy, piercing, polar, raw, wintry; concept 605 Ant. hot, warm glacial [adj2] unfriendly aloof, antagonistic, chill, cold …   New thesaurus

  • glacial — adj. 2 g. 1. Frio como gelo; gelado; transformado em gelo; que transforma em gelo. 2. Que congela. 3.  [Figurado] Reservado, frio. 4. Sem expressão. 5.  [Brasil] [Botânica] Planta hortense.   • Confrontar: glaciar …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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