from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfall that flows down a steep slope.
- n. An avalanche of ice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A relatively rapid and turbulent flow of ice, somewhat analogous to a waterfall
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A frozen waterfall, or mass of ice resembling a frozen waterfall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dislodgment and fall of masses from a glacier, or from a floating iceberg.
- n. A glacier. [Poetical.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a steep part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfall
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The icefall was a maze of crevasses and teetering seracs.
The icefall created waves as tall as 11.5 feet, which swept up and down the lake for 30 minutes.
Keith documented the icefall that claimed one of the Sherpas.
But this year, the route drawn by icefall doctors crossed very near the west shoulder which held an enormous cliff of seracs ready to collapse at any time.
Every now and then I could hear a big chunk of icefall breaking off a serac to our right and crashing down the mountain in the dark.
It is hard to believe standing here high in the Khumbu icefall that a glacier like this could simply disappear.
It is a huge and slow-moving river of ice, but on a slope this steep where a river will become a waterfall, the glacier becomes an icefall.
DAWA STEVEN, MOUNTAINEER: We are in the middle of the icefall.
If the melting continues climbing, this icefall may no longer be an option.
The decent at night became more difficult and this is when the tragedy struck in the form of icefall, which swept away the fixed ropes at about a height of 8200 meters.