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A large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier or ice sheet and carried out to sea.
frozen waterView synonyms
- ‘There were icebergs aplenty, however, as well as strange cloud formations.’
- ‘In March 1999, two massive icebergs broke away from the Ross Ice Shelf.’
- ‘Antarctic icebergs are different from Arctic icebergs in some ways.’
- ‘The icebergs came in every category of shape and featured many natural parodies of architectural styles from caveman days to now.’
- ‘As the glacier reaches the lake, icebergs break off and slowly drift out to the sea.’
- ‘Yes, this ice shelf has broken up into a mosaic of smaller icebergs.’
- ‘Mountains and icebergs, snowflakes and clouds, are delights to me.’
- ‘An Antarctic ice shelf has collapsed and broken up into thousands of icebergs.’
- ‘Sea ice is frozen salt water, and when natural forces break it into pieces, the larger ones are called not icebergs but ice floes.’
- ‘Water lapped at the edge of the ice-sheets, small icebergs floating off and melting in the warmer waters.’
- ‘Sun shines on them like white gold and in the shade they become iridescent blue, eerie like glaciers or icebergs.’
- ‘Dice warned in a voice that sounded like the grating together of icebergs in a glacier.’
- ‘Friends in London envisage glaciers and icebergs up here near the Arctic Circle.’
- ‘It commanded wide sweeping views of the oily blue Ross Sea with its huge floating icebergs.’
- ‘The environment in the Antarctic is magnificent with glaciers, icebergs and ice floes on a scale which is awe-inspiring.’
- ‘This is the mass of the iceberg, the terror that is itself a long-term greenhouse for counter-terror.’
- ‘She was still scarred after her encounters with icebergs so proper repairs to her jury-rigged jib boom were a top priority.’
- ‘Glaciers can move and calving can occur, causing huge icebergs to break away and wreak havoc.’
- ‘Great floes jostled against each other piling up to form miniature icebergs.’
- ‘Forget the advancing melt rate of Antarctic icebergs and world wide glacier retreat.’
the tip of an (or the) iceberg
The small perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem that remains hidden.‘detected fraud is only the tip of the iceberg’
- ‘I have only barely touched the tip of the iceberg in regards to bullying.’
- ‘These incidents, she says, are believed to be just the tip of the iceberg.’
- ‘Yet they are the tip of an iceberg because most cases of child abuse remain unknown, with children suffering in silence.’
- ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg, with many missing but not reported.’
- ‘These are real women, real situations and sadly, only the tip of the iceberg.’
- ‘As I've discovered, the problems that have been reported to date appear to be only the tip of the iceberg.’
- ‘‘The amount of cases that come through to us is just the tip of the iceberg,’ he said.’
- ‘Unfortunately, checkpoints are only the tip of the iceberg for Palestinians.’
- ‘The voyeuristic reader only sees the tip of the iceberg, for there is undoubtedly much more of this story to tell.’
- ‘Worse still, groundwater moves very slowly, which means that the problems so far encountered may be the tip of the iceberg.’
Late 18th century: from Dutch ijsberg, from ijs ‘ice’ + berg ‘hill’.
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