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ˈgleɪ ʃəlglacial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. glacialadjective

    relating to or derived from a glacier

    "glacial deposit"

  2. frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, icy, wintryadjective

    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, polaradjective

    extremely cold

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


  1. glacialadjective

    of, or relating to glaciers

  2. glacialadjective

    very slowly

  3. glacialadjective

    cold and icy

  4. glacialadjective

    having the appearance of ice

  5. glacialadjective

    cool and unfriendly

  6. Glacialnoun

    Of the Pleistocene period dominated by the presence of glaciers.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glacialadjective

    Icy; made of ice; frozen.

    Etymology: glacial, French; glacialis, Latin.


  1. glacial

    A glacial period (alternatively glacial or glaciation) is an interval of time (thousands of years) within an ice age that is marked by colder temperatures and glacier advances. Interglacials, on the other hand, are periods of warmer climate between glacial periods. The Last Glacial Period ended about 15,000 years ago. The Holocene is the current interglacial. A time with no glaciers on Earth is considered a greenhouse climate state.


  1. glacial

    Glacial refers to anything related to glaciers - large masses of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow over a long period of time. Thus, "glacial" may refer to phenomena, processes or attributes characterised by, or related to, these huge ice formations, their movement and impact on the surrounding environment, or the epoch in which glaciers covered vast areas of the earth's surface, also known as the Ice Age. Moreover, in a figurative context, "glacial" can describe something as being very slow-moving, extremely cold, or emotionally detached and cool.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glacialadjective

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

  2. Glacialadjective

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

  3. Etymology: [L. glacialis, from glacies ice: cf. F. glacial.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glacial

    glā′shi-al, adj. icy: frozen: pertaining to ice or its action, esp. to glaciers.—ns. Glā′cialist, one who attributes the phenomena of the drift in geology to the action of glaciers; Glāciā′tion, the act of freezing: ice: the process of becoming covered with glaciers. [Fr.,—L. glacialisglacies, ice.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glacial in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glacial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of glacial in a Sentence

  1. Sam Hook:

    One of the things that we noticed which was quite interesting was that these lakes are actually, in some cases, warming faster than the air temperatures because the air temperatures, you know, change in an instant, whereas the water temperatures, they reflect what is going on in the entire environment around them. So, it could be a reflection of there being less cloud cover, it could be a consequence of more glacial melt water coming into the lake. All these different processes taking place and they integrate them and they warm more gradually but the consequences of that warming can be very serious.

  2. Carlos Curbelo:

    Every time we meet, we get a little closer. Sometimes that movement is glacial, so Raul Labrador really have to pay attention to observe it, but there is a way here, there is a way.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    Because of the White House’s glacial pace, there are hundreds and hundreds of Senate confirmable positions without any pending nominee from the administration, and just 7 pending nominees before the Senate, instead of pointing fingers of blame, the administration ought to roll up their sleeves and send qualified nominees to the Senate.

  4. Azizullah Chitrali:

    I steer (them) to protect our communities and their livelihoods from any potential glacial lake flood threat or other disasters like landslides or earthquakes that could occur at any time.

  5. Ashoor Ali:

    When we went to take stock of the state of the lake, what we noticed was shocking - a glacial lake on the verge of outburst.

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