Icefall Ice"fall`, n. A frozen waterfall, or mass of ice resembling a frozen waterfall. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

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  • icefall — [īs′fôl΄] n. ☆ 1. a jumbled mass of pulverized ice broken from the terminus of a glacier at the edge of a mountain shelf 2. that part of a valley glacier descending an unusually steep slope where the ice is broken by crevasses …   English World dictionary

  • Icefall — ed surface. Perhaps the most conspicuous consequence of glacier flow, icefalls occur where the glacier bed steepens and/or narrows. The term icefall is formed by analogy with the word waterfall , a similar, but much higher speed, flow… …   Wikipedia

  • icefall — noun Date: 1817 1. a frozen waterfall 2. the mass of usually jagged blocks into which a glacier may break when it moves down a steep declivity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • icefall — /uys fawl /, n. 1. a jumbled mass of ice in a glacier. 2. a mass of ice overhanging a precipice. 3. a falling of ice from a glacier, iceberg, etc. [1810 20; ICE + FALL] * * * …   Universalium

  • icefall — noun A relatively rapid and turbulent flow of ice, somewhat analogous to a waterfall …   Wiktionary

  • icefall — n. glacial ice formation resembling a frozen waterfall; falling of a mass of ice (from a glacier, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • icefall — noun 1》 a steep part of a glacier like a frozen waterfall. 2》 an avalanche of ice …   English new terms dictionary

  • icefall — ice•fall [[t]ˈaɪsˌfɔl[/t]] n. 1) geo a jumbled mass of ice in a glacier 2) geo a falling of ice from a glacier, iceberg, etc • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • icefall — /ˈaɪsfɔl/ (say uysfawl) noun a sudden steepening in a glacier marked by deep crevasses and perched ice blocks …   Australian English dictionary

  • icefall — noun a steep part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfall • Hypernyms: ↑ice • Part Holonyms: ↑glacier …   Useful english dictionary

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