What does icebreaker mean?

Definitions for icebreaker
ˈaɪsˌbreɪ kərice·break·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. icebreaker, iceboatnoun

    a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation

  2. icebreakernoun

    a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere

    "he told jokes as an icebreaker"


  1. icebreakernoun

    A remark or action intended to relieve tension or reduce formality when initiating conversation or beginning a speech; it is often a humorous or light remark.


  1. icebreakernoun

    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.

  2. icebreakernoun

    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.


  1. icebreaker

    An icebreaker is a method or activity designed to ease tension or encourage conversation and interaction among a group of people who are meeting for the first time or in a new or uncomfortable situation. It's typically a game or question that gets people talking or participating, helping to improve social dynamics. In the maritime context, an icebreaker is also a type of ship specially designed to navigate through and break up ice-covered waters.


  1. Icebreaker

    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.


  1. IceBreaker

    IceBreaker connects people through mobile social networking software and services that are engaging and easy to use. With offices in Bellevue, Washington and Beijing, China, the company has an international network of vendors and partners who collectively serve our customers. IceBreaker is defining the next generation of mobile social networking communities. They enable partners to engage and monetize mobile data users across millions of daily page views and within multiple international markets. Their wireless social networking software and services are built on a robust, multi-platform technology and their executive team has deep consumer software development, wireless, marketing and entrepreneurial experience.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of icebreaker in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of icebreaker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of icebreaker in a Sentence

  1. Huntington Ingalls spokesman Bill Glenn:

    HII has the capability and capacity to build both heavy and medium icebreakers and welcomes the opportunity to expand discussion on that subject with the U.S. Coast Guard or other government agencies supporting an icebreaker requirement.

  2. John Sweeney:

    It's a great icebreaker, often after they take the quiz, we get partners saying to each other: 'I never knew you felt this way.'.

  3. Esko Mustamaki:

    That sounds like quite a lot. We are currently building an icebreaker for the state of Finland for 123 million euros ($139 million).

  4. Hilary Scherrer:

    This is a very good settlement for the class, it is an icebreaker that could open up this litigation to future settlements.

  5. Coast Guard:

    The seas of Antarctica are treacherous and unforgiving, this incident is a sobering reminder of the importance of the U.S. icebreaker fleet as we see increased human activity in the polar regions.

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