icebreaker : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation
  • n  a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
    he told jokes as an icebreaker

  • At Buffalo one morning last week the Coast Guard's broad-beamed icebreaker Mackinaw began smashing its way across the icebound harbor.
  • Poland was again the icebreaker for the rest of Central Europe in the "velvet revolutions" of 1989.
  • Shards A Coast Guard icebreaker sails through a sea of ice floes on a late summer trip through McMurdo Sound.

  • Paul Watson in The Gazette (Montreal)
    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."
  • Bart Stupak in
    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...
  • Peter Garrett in Reuters
    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.

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