icebreaker definition

  • noun:
    • Nautical A sturdy ship built for breaking a passage through icebound oceans. Also referred to as iceboat.
    • A protective pier or dock apron utilized as a buffer against floating ice.
    • Something done or thought to unwind an unduly formal environment or circumstance.
    • A beginning; a-start.
    • A ship designed to break through ice such that it, or other vessels coming about, can navigate on frozen seas.
    • a casino game, task, entertaining anecdote, etc., designed to flake out several individuals to assist them to get acquainted with one another.
    • a ship with a reinforced bow and effective motors built to split up levels of ice on waterways and hold channels available for navigation.
    • A remark or action meant to alleviate stress or decrease formality whenever starting conversation or starting a speech; it is often a humorous or light remark.
    • A structure of masonry or timber (as a pier or row of heaps) for the security of bridge-piers or of vessels in dock from going ice.
    • An ice-boat for breaking channels through ice in a river or harbor.
    • The bowhead, or great polar whale, Balæna mysticetus: a whalers’ name.
    • A hand- or power-machine for breaking ice into little fragments for various utilizes.
    • a ship with a reinforced bow to split up ice and keep networks open for navigation
    • a new that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere

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