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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Glacial  \Gla"cial\,  a.  [L.  glacialis,  from  glacies  ice:  cf  F. 
  glacial.] 
  1.  Pertaining  to  ice  or  to  its  action  consisting  of  ice; 
  frozen;  icy;  esp.,  pertaining  to  glaciers;  as  glacial 
  phenomena.  --Lyell. 
 
  2.  (Chem.)  Resembling  ice;  having  the  appearance  and 
  consistency  of  ice;  --  said  of  certain  solid  compounds; 
  as  glacial  phosphoric  or  acetic  acids. 
 
  {Glacial  acid}  (Chem.),  an  acid  of  such  strength  or  purity  as 
  to  crystallize  at  an  ordinary  temperature,  in  an  icelike 
  form  as  acetic  or  carbolic  acid. 
 
  {Glacial  drift}  (Geol.),  earth  and  rocks  which  have  been 
  transported  by  moving  ice,  land  ice,  or  icebergs;  bowlder 
  drift. 
 
  {Glacial}  {epoch  or  period}  (Geol.),  a  period  during  which 
  the  climate  of  the  modern  temperate  regions  was  polar,  and 
  ice  covered  large  portions  of  the  northern  hemisphere  to 
  the  mountain  tops. 
 
  {Glacial}  {theory  or  hypothesis}.  (Geol.)  See  {Glacier 
  theory},  under  {Glacier}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  glacial 
  adj  1:  relating  to  or  derived  from  a  glacier;  "glacial  deposit" 
  2:  devoid  of  warmth  and  cordiality;  expressive  of 
  unfriendliness  or  disdain;  "a  frigid  greeting";  "got  a 
  frosty  reception";  "a  frozen  look  on  their  faces";  "a 
  glacial  handshake";  "icy  stare";  "wintry  smile"  [syn:  {frigid}, 
  {frosty},  {frozen},  {icy},  {wintry}] 
  3:  extremely  cold;  "an  arctic  climate";  "let's  get  inside;  I'm 
  freezing";  "a  frigid  day";  "gelid  waters  of  the  North 
  Atlantic";  "glacial  winds";  "icy  hands";  "polar  weather" 
  [syn:  {arctic},  {freezing},  {frigid},  {gelid},  {icy},  {polar}] 




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