Part of speech: noun

A mass of floating polar ice.

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Usage examples "floe":

  1. There's a clear passage through the floe, and clear water beyond, the lookout says. - "The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays", Various.
  2. For the whole of that day we worked our devious course, by great labor and at uncertain intervals, to the southward; and at night we fastened the Walrus to a floe, in waiting for the return of light. - "The Monikins", J. Fenimore Cooper.
  3. A little before noon a heavy floe, some miles in length, being probably a part of that lately detached from the shore, came driving down fast towards us, giving us serious reason to apprehend some more fatal catastrophe than any we had yet encountered. - "Three Voyages for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole, Volume 2 (of 2)", Sir William Edward Parry.