Meaning of glacial


Pronunciation: (glā'shul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to glaciers or ice sheets.
  2. resulting from or associated with the action of ice or glaciers: glacial terrain.
  3. characterized by the presence of ice in extensive masses or glaciers.
  4. bitterly cold; icy: a glacial winter wind.
  5. happening or moving extremely slowly: The work proceeded at a glacial pace.
  6. icily unsympathetic or immovable: a glacial stare; glacial indifference.
  7. of, pertaining to, or tending to develop into icelike crystals: glacial phosphoric acid.
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