Definition of ice age in English:

ice age


  • 1A glacial episode during a past geological period.

    • ‘Scientists believe the Toba explosion 75,000 years ago sparked the last ice age.’
    • ‘It seems to have done best in Late Pleistocene times, as the glaciers of the last ice age were retreating.’
    • ‘It now seems the valley below the cove was gouged out during an earlier ice age by a glacier, which drained the caves.’
    • ‘We could probably cope with smaller climatic variations, as we have done in our past, but what if it were an ice age or the melting of the poles?’
    • ‘The thick fur which is so clearly an adaptation in the depth of an ice age is equally clearly a liability as the ice age recedes.’
    • ‘We would have some warning of course, as we would with the onset of an ice age, but I feel it would be too little, too late.’
    • ‘The most dramatic climate changes have occurred during the past 2 million years when the world entered the present ice age.’
    • ‘It formed over 3000 years ago on an over-steepened slope left after the last ice age.’
    • ‘If the stream is weakened, this part of Europe could experience a mini ice age with all of its devastating effects.’
    • ‘Maybe volcanoes covered the land in lava, poisoned the air, and brought on an ice age.’
    • ‘The site lies in an area of rapid isostatic rebound following the last ice age.’
    • ‘Prior to these discoveries it was believed all of southeast Alaska was covered in glaciers during the last ice age.’
    • ‘The two forms have evolved rapidly in these lakes since the end of the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago.’
    • ‘It has been taking place, uninterrupted, since at least the last ice age.’
    • ‘It may be possible that scientists will one day announce with confidence that an ice age is imminent, or that a warm period is under way.’
    • ‘The Time Machine zoomed its lead character into war torn London and past a new ice age.’
    • ‘The rise of sea levels with the release of glacial waters at the end of the last ice age flooded the plain between what is now the UK and Europe.’
    • ‘Global warming leading to the next ice age makes for catchy headlines but it is not based in science.’
    • ‘This occurred at the end of the ice age and probably into early post-glacial time.’
    • ‘One thing that they need not concern themselves with is Global Warming causing the onset of the next ice age.’
    1. 1.1 The series of glacial episodes during the Pleistocene period.
      • ‘This exquisite piece is no simple rendition of the chunky horses of the Ice Age European steppes.’
      • ‘My guess is that our Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago in the depths of the Ice Age were counting things.’
      • ‘It was a very quick rate of change between the Ice Age and the warmer period.’
      • ‘No art is more clearly dominated by inherited traditions, forms, subject matter, and technique than the art of the Ice Age.’
      • ‘This week he looks at the aftermath of the Ice Age, which saw the land recolonised by flora and fauna.’
      • ‘Globally, sea level has been rising slowly but surely since the end of the Pleistocene ice age.’
      • ‘In the blessed Yaak, however, not a single mammal has gone extinct since the end of the Ice Age.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the ice sheet during the Ice Age would have been lower and warmer at the time the snow was building.’
      • ‘A Paleolithic flute is being played for the first time since the Ice Age.’
      • ‘Polar bears probably diverged from brown bear ancestors near the Arctic coast of Eurasia early in the Ice Age.’
      • ‘This is the fifth book in the series Earth's Children, a magnificent pre-historic saga set in the Ice Age.’
      • ‘Probably only the cause of the Pleistocene ice age has generated as many bewildering theories.’
      • ‘Experts say it is one of the few cases where evidence shows men either killing or butchering animals on a site from the Ice Age period.’
      • ‘Woolly mammoths are perhaps the best known mammals of the Ice Age.’
      • ‘Excavations show that previous residents from the Ice Age included wolves, bison, rhinos, hyenas and bears.’
      • ‘He was ambivalent about whether or not they were ever filled by ice sheets during the Ice Age.’
      • ‘Part I explores timber cutting from the end of the Ice Age through the medieval period.’
      • ‘Until the end of the Ice Age, 13,000 years ago, Tasmania was connected to the mainland by a land bridge.’
      • ‘The greatest rate of ice shelf development probably occurred near the end of the Ice Age.’
      • ‘It may well be that the activity we see today is just a fraction of the intense seepage occurring during the Ice Age.’


ice age

/ˈīs ˌāj/