Meaning of “glacier” in the English Dictionary

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"glacier" in British English

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glaciernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡlæs.i.ər/ us /ˈɡleɪ.si.ɚ/

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  • A glacier is like a river of ice. 
  • Alaska has many mountains and glaciers. 
  • As the weather got warmer, the glacier started to melt. 
  • Glaciers hold about 69 percent of the Earth’s fresh water. 
  • Global warming is causing glaciers to melt. 
  • Most glaciers move about 0.3 meters a day but can move as fast as 31 meters in one day! 
  • Some glaciers are so small you can walk over them in one or two hours. 
  • The Matanuska glacier is one of the most beautiful. 
  • The biggest glacier in the world, the Lambert Glacier in Antarctica, is more than 40 kilometers wide and more than 400 kilometers long! 
  • Then the slow-moving glaciers are going to change into fast-moving rivers again. 
  • There are more than 100,000 glaciers in Alaska. 
  • This glacier in Alaska is a river of ice. 
  • Ushuaia has lakes, forests, glaciers, beautiful rainbows, and the Andes Mountains. 
  • We have to hope that the glaciers don’t melt. 
  • When a glacier meets the ocean, parts of it break off. 

(Definition of “glacier” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"glacier" in American English

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glaciernoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡleɪ·ʃər/

earth science a large mass of ice that moves slowly over land, esp. down the side of a mountain, often moving rocks with it and changing the shape of the land

(Definition of “glacier” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)