Definitions for icebreakerˈaɪsˌbreɪ kər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a ship specially built for breaking navigable passages through ice.
something that eases tension or relieves formality.
Category: Common Vocabulary
a tool for chopping ice into small pieces.
a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation
a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
"he told jokes as an icebreaker"
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.
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.
An icebreaker is a special-purpose ship or boat designed to move and navigate through ice-covered waters. Although the term usually refers to ice-breaking ships, it may also refer to smaller vessels, such as the icebreaking boats that were once used on the canals of the United Kingdom. For a ship to be considered an icebreaker, it requires three traits most normal ships lack: a strengthened hull, an ice-clearing shape, and the power to push through sea ice. Icebreakers clear paths by pushing straight into ice pockets. The bending strength of sea ice is so low that usually the ice breaks without noticeable change in the vessel's trim. In cases of very thick ice, an icebreaker can drive its bow onto the ice to break it under the weight of the ship. Because a buildup of broken ice in front of a ship can slow it down much more than the breaking of the ice itself, icebreakers have a specially designed hull to direct the broken ice around or under the vessel. The external components of the ship's propulsion system are at even greater risk of damage than the vessel's hull, so the ability of an icebreaker to propel itself onto the ice, break it, and clear the debris from its path successfully is essential for its safety.
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