Definition of iceberg in English:

iceberg

noun

  • A large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier or ice sheet and carried out to sea.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mountains and icebergs, snowflakes and clouds, are delights to me.’
    • ‘Friends in London envisage glaciers and icebergs up here near the Arctic Circle.’
    • ‘She was still scarred after her encounters with icebergs so proper repairs to her jury-rigged jib boom were a top priority.’
    • ‘This is the mass of the iceberg, the terror that is itself a long-term greenhouse for counter-terror.’
    • ‘Forget the advancing melt rate of Antarctic icebergs and world wide glacier retreat.’
    • ‘An Antarctic ice shelf has collapsed and broken up into thousands of icebergs.’
    • ‘Great floes jostled against each other piling up to form miniature icebergs.’
    • ‘The icebergs came in every category of shape and featured many natural parodies of architectural styles from caveman days to now.’
    • ‘Dice warned in a voice that sounded like the grating together of icebergs in a glacier.’
    • ‘Glaciers can move and calving can occur, causing huge icebergs to break away and wreak havoc.’
    • ‘Yes, this ice shelf has broken up into a mosaic of smaller icebergs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sea ice is frozen salt water, and when natural forces break it into pieces, the larger ones are called not icebergs but ice floes.’
    • ‘The environment in the Antarctic is magnificent with glaciers, icebergs and ice floes on a scale which is awe-inspiring.’
    • ‘It commanded wide sweeping views of the oily blue Ross Sea with its huge floating icebergs.’
    • ‘As the glacier reaches the lake, icebergs break off and slowly drift out to the sea.’
    frozen water
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Phrases

  • the tip of the iceberg

    • The small, perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem that remains hidden.

      ‘the statistics represent just 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.’
      • ‘Worse still, groundwater moves very slowly, which means that the problems so far encountered may be 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.’
      • ‘These are real women, real situations and sadly, only the tip of the iceberg.’
      • ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg, with many missing but not reported.’
      • ‘The voyeuristic reader only sees the tip of the iceberg, for there is undoubtedly much more of this story to tell.’
      • ‘As I've discovered, the problems that have been reported to date appear to be only the tip of the iceberg.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Dutch ijsberg, from ijs ice + berg hill.

Pronunciation:

iceberg

/ˈīsˌbərɡ/