Meaning of iceberg in English:

iceberg

noun

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

    • ‘The environment in the Antarctic is magnificent with glaciers, icebergs and ice floes on a scale which is awe-inspiring.’
    • ‘Sea ice is frozen salt water, and when natural forces break it into pieces, the larger ones are called not icebergs but ice floes.’
    • ‘Water lapped at the edge of the ice-sheets, small icebergs floating off and melting in the warmer waters.’
    • ‘Forget the advancing melt rate of Antarctic icebergs and world wide glacier retreat.’
    • ‘Sun shines on them like white gold and in the shade they become iridescent blue, eerie like glaciers or icebergs.’
    • ‘It commanded wide sweeping views of the oily blue Ross Sea with its huge floating icebergs.’
    • ‘Dice warned in a voice that sounded like the grating together of icebergs in a glacier.’
    • ‘Friends in London envisage glaciers and icebergs up here near the Arctic Circle.’
    • ‘This is the mass of the iceberg, the terror that is itself a long-term greenhouse for counter-terror.’
    • ‘She was still scarred after her encounters with icebergs so proper repairs to her jury-rigged jib boom were a top priority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, this ice shelf has broken up into a mosaic of smaller icebergs.’
    • ‘An Antarctic ice shelf has collapsed and broken up into thousands of icebergs.’
    • ‘As the glacier reaches the lake, icebergs break off and slowly drift out to the sea.’
    • ‘Glaciers can move and calving can occur, causing huge icebergs to break away and wreak havoc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mountains and icebergs, snowflakes and clouds, are delights to me.’
    frozen water

Phrases

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

      ‘the plastic that can be seen and cleaned from the shore is just the tip of the iceberg’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have only barely touched the tip of the iceberg in regards to bullying.’
      • ‘‘The amount of cases that come through to us is just the tip of the iceberg,’ he said.’
      • ‘Worse still, groundwater moves very slowly, which means that the problems so far encountered may be the tip of the iceberg.’
      • ‘These incidents, she says, are believed to be just the tip of the iceberg.’
      • ‘As I've discovered, the problems that have been reported to date appear to be only the tip of the iceberg.’
      • ‘The voyeuristic reader only sees the tip of the iceberg, for there is undoubtedly much more of this story to tell.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

iceberg

/ˈʌɪsbəːɡ/