What does glacial mean?

Definitions for glacialˈgleɪ ʃəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word glacial.

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

  3. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

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