Definition of icebreaker in English:

icebreaker

noun

  • 1A ship designed for breaking a channel through ice.

    • ‘Data collection took place primarily on an opportunistic basis, typically onboard ice-breakers, naval tankers, cargo ships and other vessels.’
    • ‘From 1947 to 1951 he directed scientific operations aboard submarines and ice-breakers during five cruises to the northern Aleutian platform and Beaufort Sea.’
    • ‘An ice-breaker is to leave from South Africa Sunday.’
    • ‘It is named Arctic because it is an ice-breaker used in Arctic seas.’
    • ‘If its pressurized floes are thick and unbroken, it can stop an ice-breaker dead or slice the steel hull of a lesser ship like a can opener.’
    • ‘Celebrity Cruises travels to Antarctica with the polar ice-breaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, a refitted 1980's Russian polar research vessel.’
    • ‘Land, ocean, and space-based infrastructure, including research stations, aircraft, ice-breakers, and dedicated satellites, could be centrally coordinated.’
    • ‘Later this month he will fly to Uruguay, and from there catch an ice-breaker ship to the base.’
    • ‘Hovercrafts or high-speed ice-breakers could replace the boats in the winter, says Krantz.’
    • ‘There was a Russian ice-breaker tour, with tickets costing around $40,000.’
    1. 1.1A thing that serves to relieve inhibitions or tension between people, or start a conversation.
      • ‘Building self-respect and self-esteem in campers can commence with good ice-breakers such as introductory name games.’
      • ‘‘Hey, I read that when I was 13,’ I say, always the tactful ice-breaker.’
      • ‘So if you want physical discomfort as a social ice-breaker, go for it!’
      • ‘The mock editorial board worked well at Columbia as an ice-breaker to start the day.’
      • ‘Now, discussing one's weight with a workmate might seem like a strange ice-breaker, but it works!’
      • ‘The visit could have been a real ice-breaker for tense cross-strait relations.’
      • ‘Enquiries about one's employment are the invariable ice-breakers in these suburbs.’
      • ‘As an ice-breaker, each person went to a map and identified her or his home country.’
      • ‘He even found that his fold of 14 Highland cattle acted as a social ice-breaker when he moved into the community.’
      • ‘That was the ice-breaker - the entire restaurant erupted, bursting at its seams with laughter.’
      • ‘For a start, they're the world's best ice-breaker for when you meet new people.’
      • ‘It's a good ice-breaker with people; we talk to them, and it's a little more personable.’
      • ‘It's a nice ice-breaker when I talk to clients that I haven't been in touch with for a month or so.’
      • ‘Also, team-building activities can be much different than ice-breakers - which do you really want?’
      • ‘People come up to me all of the time and as a conversation ice-breaker often say, ‘You're the food editor.’’
      • ‘He'd been a footballer too, with Orient, and that was a great ice-breaker for me.’
      • ‘‘This can be used as an excellent ice-breaker or a way to work out whether you should go on that second date,’ he said.’
      • ‘There's no two ways about it, in such a situation, live music is an excellent ice-breaker!’
      • ‘And humour is a real ice-breaker - if you can make someone laugh, they'll be more likely to want to contact you.’
      • ‘Structured activities might include ice-breakers, trust-building exercises, and team games.’
    2. 1.2A thing that breaks up moving ice so as to lessen its impact, especially a structure protecting the upstream end of a bridge pier.
      • ‘At that time the Antarctic Programme was stationed in Lyttelton and he could watch the US Coastguard vessels, icebreakers and helicopters.’
      • ‘The team will use three icebreakers as it tries to take cores from the Lomonosov Ridge between Siberia and Greenland.’
      • ‘The Yenisey binds the territory together on its 1,800-mile passage north to the Kara Sea, where icebreakers help keep open the northern shipping route.’
      • ‘A new National Centre of Excellence was established in 2003, and the icebreaker Amundsen was refitted for polar science.’

Pronunciation:

icebreaker

/ˈīsˌbrākər/