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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n floe a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Arctic ocean is the smallest and shallowest. The Arctic Ocean is the world's smallest ocean. It is mostly covered by solid ice, ice floes, and icebergs.
    • n Floe flō A low, flat mass of floating ice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n floe Ice formed by the freezing of the surface-water of the polar oceans, and subsequently broken up by the action of the winds and the waves into tabular masses of greater or less size; also, a piece of such ice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Floe flō a field of floating ice.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. flag, af iis, iisflage, Sw. flaga, flake, isflaga, isflake,. See Flag a flat stone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Norse flo, layer. The usual Danish word is flage.


In literature:

The great floes of ice were piled high upon each other.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
That was entirely out of his plans, so he used his pole to push himself over as near to the large ice-floe as possible.
"Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The edge of the moving floe was grinding it into a devilish porridge.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
A fast floe extended with numerous tongues far out to the south and east.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
So he rose some ninety feet, and finally arrived at the underside of the ice floe.
"Seed of the Arctic Ice" by H. G. Winter
The worst have happened when blizzards caught the men out on the ice-floes far from their ship.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
On the second day a steamer showed, hull down, having wormed her way through the floes, and Nome marched out upon the shore ice in a body.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
Little by little the lesser ice disappeared, till the great floe rode alone.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
They saved their boats from being nipped by drawing them up on a floe.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Sometimes they didn't come ashore for weeks; it was not exactly fun fighting those ice-floes.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
Up Among the Ice-Floes.
"The Wreckers of Sable Island" by J. Macdonald Oxley
By J. MACDONALD OXLEY, author of "Up Among the Ice-Floes," "Diamond Rock," etc.
"Terry's Trials and Triumphs" by J. Macdonald Oxley
He would not visit the place if some authority would give him a thousand acres or present him with a dozen ice-floes.
"What You Can Do With Your Will Power" by Russell H. Conwell
It was thawing, the river was in flood, and there were ice-floes in it.
"Beowulf" by R. W. Chambers
Sometimes we have to form one by pushing small floes together, or must ferry the sledges over on a little floe.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
The river is full of ice-floes, and I am responsible for the Stoltenhof guests.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
Among them drove huge floes into which the floating cakes had solidified during the earlier frosts.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss
We were then brought to a halt by a great floe as massive as any which we have left behind us.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
For they had pitched their camp on an ice floe.
"Polaris of the Snows" by Charles B. Stilson
Reaching a large level floe Kane put up his tent and scattered his party to find traces of the lost men.
"Explorers and Travellers" by Adolphus W. Greely

In poetry:

With two stout hearts he left the shore,
To reach the fishing "grounds,"
Undaunted by the freezing winds,
Or ice-floes crushing sounds.
"The Fisherman's Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
It is the lonely human surf
Surging through alleys chill with grime,
The muttering churning ceaseless floe
Adrift out of the North of time.
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
Bring with thee from thy Polar cave
All the wild songs of wind and wave,
Of toppling berg and grinding floe,
And the dread avalanche of snow!
"Storm and Calm" by Henry Timrod
When one sets lip to bugle
The fishermen go not forth:
When one sets lip to bugle
The floes come out of the North:
Great is the power of either,
And who shall weigh their worth?
"The Four Buglers" by Cicely Fox Smith
Almost to nothing at all, then charges
Straight up, looms up at the ice and smashes
Into it with his forehead
To splinter the roof, to isolate seal or man
On a drifting piece of the floe
"Pursuit From Under" by James Dickey
"'By God, it were a kindlier thing to make an end with those
Which split upon the uncharted reef or splintered in the floes
Than to cheat death a hundred times and last to find the day
When a man's strength must fail him and a good ship decay.'"
"The Last Of The Sealing Fleet" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The bear was floating on an ice floe in the middle of the ferry's path.
'Baltic' the dog floats on an ice floe 15 miles off the Polish coast near Gdynia, Jan 25.
This iron is fertilizing the growth of microscopic plants and algae, transforming the waters adjacent to ice floes into teeming communities of everything from tiny shrimplike krill to fish, birds and sometimes mammals.
An ice floe forced the company to halt work on Monday.
A funeral services was held on April 12, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Wash. For Chattaroy resident Richard Orville Floe, who passed away on April 4.
Coast Guard rescues 2 from ice floe on Lake Erie.
Couple Rescued From Ice Floe off Sweden.
A couple was stranded on an ice floe off the coast of Sweden when an icebreaker fragmented the sheet they were skating on into a quilt of tiny floes.
Edgar Allen Floe 's Floetry in Motion.
Since 1999, Justus League alumnus Edgar Allen Floe has carried his baritone through the area's stratified rap scenes relatively quietly.
Ice Floes off of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula .
The onscreen harbingers of disaster are becoming overly familiar: melting floes.
Subsistence hunters were trapped on an ice floe.
Penguins swarm ice floes in the Antarctic in a scene from "Frozen Planet".
' Baltic ' the dog floats on an ice floe 15 miles off the Polish coast near Gdynia, Jan 25.