iceberg

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English[edit]

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Iceberg diagram
An iceberg

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch ijsberg (compound of ijs (ice) + berg (mountain)), from Middle Dutch ijsberch. First used to describe a glacier as seen at a distance from a ship then used as a term to describe the floating chunks of ice broken off from such glaciers. Cognate to German Eisberg, Danish isbjerg, Norwegian isberg and Swedish isberg.

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iceberg (plural icebergs)

  1. (obsolete) The seaward end of a glacier. [18th–19th c.]
  2. A huge mass of ocean-floating ice which has broken off a glacier or ice shelf [from 19th c.]
    The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.
  3. (US, slang) An aloof person. [from 19th c.]
  4. (figuratively, after an adjective) An impending disastrous event whose adverse effects are only beginning to show, in reference to one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg being visible above water.
    • 2013, “How Barack Obama can get at least some of his credibility back”, in The Economist[1]:
      He has little to lose: at present he will go down in history, alongside George W. Bush, as a skipper who ignored the looming fiscal iceberg.

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  • French: iceberg
  • Spanish: iceberg
  • Portuguese: iceberg, icebergue, aicebergue
  • Welsh: eisberg

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English iceberg, from Dutch ijsberg (literally ice mountain).

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iceberg m (plural icebergs)

  1. iceberg

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Galician[edit]

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iceberg m (plural icebergs)

  1. iceberg

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English iceberg, from Dutch ijsberg (literally ice mountain).

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iceberg m (invariable)

  1. iceberg

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  1. ^ iceberg in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English iceberg, from Dutch ijsberg (literally ice mountain).

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iceberg m (plural icebergs)

  1. iceberg (huge mass of floating ice)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English iceberg, from Dutch ijsberg (literally ice mountain).

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  • IPA(key): (Spain) /iθeˈbeɾɡ/, [i.θeˈβ̞eɾɣ̞]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /iseˈbeɾɡ/, [i.seˈβ̞eɾɣ̞]
  • (Latin America, also) IPA(key): /ˈaisbeɾɡ/, [ˈai̯z.β̞eɾɣ̞]

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iceberg m (plural icebergs)

  1. iceberg
    Synonym: témpano de hielo
    la punta del icebergthe tip of the iceberg

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