glacial
adjective Etymology: Latin glacialis, from glacies Date: 1656 1. suggestive of ice: as a. extremely cold ; frigid <
a glacial wind
>
b. devoid of warmth and cordiality <
a glacial handshake
>
c. coldly imperturbable <
maintained a glacial calm
>
2. of a purity marked by the tendency to readily solidify in the form of ice-like crystals <
glacial acetic acid
>
3. a. (1) of, relating to, or being any of those parts of geologic time from Precambrian onward when a much larger portion of the earth was covered by glaciers than at present (2) capitalized Pleistocene b. of, relating to, or produced by glaciers c. suggestive of the very slow movement of glaciers <
progress on the bill has been glacial
>
glacially adverb

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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 — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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