[syn: arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, polar]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Glacial \Gla"cial\, a. [L. glacialis, from glacies ice: cf. F.
1. Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice;
frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial
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
Glacial epoch or Glacial 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 Glacial hypothesis. (Geol.) See
Glacier theory, under Glacier.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
glacial, icy, wintry]
3: extremely cold; "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid
waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands";
"polar weather" [syn: arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
78 Moby Thesaurus words for "glacial":
Siberian, algid, aloof, arctic, below zero, biting, bitter,
bitterly cold, blast-frozen, bleak, boreal, brisk, brumal, chill,
chilly, cold, cold as charity, cold as death, cold as ice,
cold as marble, congealed, cool, crisp, cutting, distant,
emotionless, exclusive, freezing, freezing cold, frigid,
frostbitten, frostnipped, frosty, frozen, frozen solid, gelid,
hibernal, hiemal, hyperborean, ice, ice-cold, ice-encrusted,
icelike, icy, icy-cold, inaccessible, inclement, indifferent, keen,
nipping, nippy, numbing, penetrating, piercing, pinching,
quick-frozen, raw, remote, reserved, rigorous, seclusive, severe,
sharp, sharp-frozen, sleety, slushy, snappy, standoffish,
stone-cold, subzero, supercooled, unapproachable, unemotional,
winterbound, winterlike, wintery, wintry, withdrawn