• WordNet 3.6
    • adj glacial extremely cold "an arctic climate","a frigid day","gelid waters of the North Atlantic","glacial winds","icy hands","polar weather"
    • adj glacial 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"
    • adj glacial relating to or derived from a glacier "glacial deposit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glacial Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial phenomena.
    • Glacial (Chem) Resembling ice; having the appearance and consistency of ice; -- said of certain solid compounds; as, glacial phosphoric or acetic acids.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • glacial Icy; consisting of ice; frozen; hence, resembling ice; figuratively, having a cold, glassy look or manner.
    • glacial In geology, referring to ice; associated with the geological agency of ice.
    • glacial Of or relating to a glacier or an ice-sheet.
    • glacial In chem., assuming the solid state as a result of concentration: used chiefly of certain acids (as acetic, sulphuric, and phosphoric acids) which are commonly seen as liquids but solidify at low temperatures when concentrated by removal of water. In the case of phosphoric acid, water is not only removed by evaporation but is also evolved by the chemical decomposition of orthophosphoric acid, which is thus converted into metaphosphoric acid, the epithet glacial being applied to the latter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Glacial glā′shi-al icy: frozen: pertaining to ice or its action, esp. to glaciers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. glacialis, from glacies, ice: cf. F. glacial,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. glacialisglacies, ice.


In literature:

The glacial slope on which the cavern opened faced toward the mountain.
"When the Mountain Shook" by Robert Abernathy
Glacial action may be studied well as far south as 36 deg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
They therefore inhabited the country after it rose from the great glacial submergence.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
The cover of glacial deposits is generally thin, but marked variations exist.
"Drainage Modifications and Glaciation in the Danbury Region Connecticut" by Ruth Sawyer-Harvey
A bed of conglomerate is regarded as of glacial origin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
A great deal of the soil surface in many sections of the country is the result of glacial action.
"A Living from the Land" by William B. Duryee
Forbes, Prof. E., on glacial epoch, 86.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Could Amaldi think that she meant to be "glacial" and "snubby" to him?
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
On the Continent the view of two Glacial and one inter-glacial period is, I think, more generally adopted.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
Both these peoples inhabited southern England and the continent before and after the glacial period.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

Till the last surviving savage
To his glacial cave retires,
And earth's tragic drama closes,
As humanity expires!
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
His Greenland bosom bulged with pride:
A manly bosom 'twas withal -
And, as he breathed, with glacial glide
I watched his waistcoat rise and fall.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
Northly or Southly may I ride or walk
Beneath the glacial Crag or fronded Stalk,
But still the Spectre gibbers in my Ears
And drowns my Spirits in a Sea of Talk.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
The setting sun will turn your gray to gold,
The dawn will find your icy foreheads bare,
And all your glacial armor, as of old,
Will shine resplendent in the upper air.
"To Meran's Northern Mountains" by John Lawson Stoddard
Pits of night; E, candour of sand pavilions,
High glacial spears, white kings, trembling Queen
Anne's lace;
I, bloody spittle, laughter dribbling from a face
In wild denial or in anger, vermilions;
"Vowels" by Arthur Rimbaud
Then Lario paints for liquid miles
The white-robed monarchs' glittering crowns,
Transmutes at once to dimpled smiles
The sternest of their glacial frowns,
And often holds, with subtlest art,
Some Titan's likeness to her heart.
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Some of the rarest and most detailed fossils on Earth owe their stunning preservation to dust blown out to sea by glacial winds.
Despite mounting anger and frustration over the glacial pace of school improvement, voters consistently turn thumbs down on plans to give parents wider choice.
Steelband to perform at Glacial Park.
RINGWOOD – Potts & Pans Steelband will perform from 7 to 8:30 pm Friday on the back patio of the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.
Synchronicity is a work of dazzling surfaces and glacial shadows.
It is also, despite Haneke's glacial pacing (and perhaps because of it), enormously effective.
Arctic 'Report Card': glacial melt, less sea ice and algae blooms.
You're in glacial Beach House time.
After five years spent documenting the behavior of glaciers, photographer James Balog has concluded that the term "glacial pace" is an oxymoron.
It lay beneath a sheet of glacial ice several miles wide and thousands of feet thick.
This 1,110+-mile trail with 650 miles of completed off-road sections, entirely within the State of Wisconsin, hosts many trail races throughout the year and offers runners a wooded respite amidst geological glacial history.
Figure skater Kendall Hollinger, 15, at Glacial Gardens in Lakewood, Calif on April 30, 2012.
A view from Pen Y Fan across the glacial features of the Brecon Beacons and beyond to Welsh agricultural lands.
Mastodons became extinct about 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last glacial period.
The steam where the cousins found the bone is near 24 Mile and Dequindre Roads and cuts through the sand and gravel of an old glacial lake plain, near the source of the Clinton River.

In science:

Crowell is the mid point of the epochs with glacial activity.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Paleoclimatological Data: By far, the least conclusive data used is the past evidence for the occurrence of glacial epochs.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
The SFR with which the glacial activity on Earth was compared with was that of Rocha-Pinto et al. , which is also consistent with various other authors.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
From the beginning of AMANDA operations, it has been crucial to establish an understanding of the properties of the glacial ice at the South Pole .
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
The ice in Moore‟s bay is glacial ice, so should be free of impurities; we do not see any evidence of infiltrating brine layers in the radio reflections.
A prototype station for ARIANNA: a detector for cosmic neutrinos