Definitions for glacialˈgleɪ ʃəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gla•cialˈgleɪ ʃəl(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to glaciers or ice sheets.

    Category: Geology

  2. resulting from or associated with the action of ice or glaciers:

    glacial terrain.

    Category: Geology

  3. characterized by the presence of ice in extensive masses or glaciers.

    Category: Geology

  4. bitterly cold; icy.

  5. happening or moving extremely slowly.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. icily unsympathetic:

    a glacial stare.

  7. of, pertaining to, or tending to develop into icelike crystals:

    glacial phosphoric acid.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of glacial:

1650–60; < L glaciālis icy


Princeton's WordNet

  1. glacial(adj)

    relating to or derived from a glacier

    "glacial deposit"

  2. frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, icy, wintry(adj)

    devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain

    "a frigid greeting"; "got a frosty reception"; "a frozen look on their faces"; "a glacial handshake"; "icy stare"; "wintry smile"

  3. arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, polar(adj)

    extremely cold

    "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather"


  1. glacial(Adjective)

    of, or relating to glaciers

  2. glacial(Adjective)

    very slowly

  3. glacial(Adjective)

    cold and icy

  4. glacial(Adjective)

    having the appearance of ice

  5. glacial(Adjective)

    cool and unfriendly

  6. Glacial(ProperNoun)

    Of the Pleistocene period dominated by the presence of glaciers.

  7. Origin: From glacial, from glacialis, from glacies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glacial(adj)

    pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial phenomena

  2. Glacial(adj)

    resembling ice; having the appearance and consistency of ice; -- said of certain solid compounds; as, glacial phosphoric or acetic acids

Translations for glacial

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of glaciers; formed by ice

a glacial valley; glacial deposits.

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