Main definitions of berg in English

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berg1

noun

  • short for iceberg
    • ‘There are some antiseptic-blue overtones to it, too, and a whole spectrum of greens where the berg descends into the depths out of sight.’
    • ‘The bergs, driven towards the lake outlet by katabatic winds, become stranded as they move into shallower waters.’
    • ‘Kooyman said the site visits confirm what the photographic evidence appeared to show: ice conditions produced by the collisions of the giant bergs with the shoreline’
    • ‘Eventually the berg struck the glacier with only a glancing blow, nevertheless breaking off enough of the ice tongue that maps of the region needed redrawing.’
    • ‘In the 1990s a berg the size of Oxfordshire broke off the Antarctic ice shelf and was widely hailed as proof of global warming.’

Pronunciation:

berg

/bəːɡ/

Main definitions of berg in English

: berg1berg2

berg2

noun

South african
  • 1A mountain or hill.

    • ‘Hikes here are more often than not gentle strolls through the exquisite valleys. However, should the high berg beckon, it comes no higher than here.’
    • ‘When hiking in the berg it is always important to take into account the unpredictability of the weather and come prepared for any eventuality.’
    • ‘Higher up on the berg slopes we came across one of the Protea family that grow in selected spots in this mountain area.’
    • ‘Snow is frequent in winter and the temperature, particularly on the high ‘berg can plunge to a teeth-chattering minus 18’C.’
    • ‘The main problem with high berg caves is that they cannot be booked with any surety, since parties doing longer traverses from other areas often work on the assumption that these high altitude caves are seldom used, and they may get there before you.’
    mountain, hill, height, alp, aiguille, serac, puy, crag, tor, inselberg
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    1. 1.1The Drakensberg mountain range.

Origin

Dutch.

Pronunciation:

berg

/bəːɡ/