icebreaker icebreaker  /ˈaɪsb ˌreɪ kər/


  1. (n) a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation
  2. (n) a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere


  1. Shards A Coast Guard icebreaker sails through a sea of ice floes on a late summer trip through McMurdo Sound.
  2. Another Soviet icebreaker went to the rescue, turned tail before howling storms.
  3. The Soviet icebreaker Admiral Makarov, which had been heading home when it was diverted to aid in the rescue, took nearly a day to reduce the barrier to rubble.


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  1. "Shannon said the icebreaker the Des Groseilliers and the (Coast Guard patrol ship) Sir Wilfred Grenfell dispatched four small boats carrying officers, and they swarmed the vessel and came on board," Watson said. "They seized everything."
    on Apr 13, 2008 By: Paul Watson Source: The Gazette (Montreal)

  2. "Construction of the new Soo Lock and an additional icebreaker for the Great Lakes would spur economic activity in the entire Great Lakes region," Stupak said. "Construction of the new Soo Lock would be the largest public works navigation...
    on Dec 15, 2008 By: Bart Stupak Source:

  3. "We said we would monitor the whaling activity and we did. We won't be using the (patrol icebreaker) Oceanic Viking again to monitor the whaling fleet this year," Garrett told state radio.
    on Nov 20, 2008 By: Peter Garrett Source: Reuters

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