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glacial

1. characterized by the presence of masses of ice
2. relating to, caused by, or deposited by a glacier
3. (of a chemical compound) of or tending to form crystals that resemble ice

Glacial

 

intervals of time in the geological history of the earth, characterized by a strong cooling of the climate and the development of extensive continental ice sheets.

glacial

[′glā·shəl]
(geology)
Pertaining to an interval of geologic time which was marked by an equatorward advance of ice during an ice age; the opposite of interglacial; these intervals are variously called glacial periods, glacial epochs, glacial stages, and so on.
(hydrology)
Pertaining to ice, especially in great masses such as sheets of land ice or glaciers.
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This incident confirmed my view that positive movement was taking place in respect of human rights and the legal system, even if progress was glacially slow.
The Lebanese sources said the delay in Tabet joining the tribunal reflected a pattern of UN foot-dragging on appointments to the tribunal, and former Justice Minister Charles Rizk said the UN had moved glacially to appoint Daniel Bellemare, who headed the probe commission, to the post of prosecutor.
Why we love it: Nice early-morning light over the glacially carved lake, and rowboats to rent from the camp store.
Quite possibly they weathered out of blocks of limestone that had been glacially transported to the area, or were perhaps trucked in from a quarry some kilometres to the east.
It's unlikely that Major League Baseball (MLB) will rewrite its rulebook to appease the polar bear, given that change comes glacially to America's grand old game.
Abruptness is the rule for all life forms, and this is abominable to those who believe in macroevolution because they need to find a glacially slow accumulation of beneficial mutations.
I managed to get through the book, which moves at a glacially slow and meandering pace, because I kept thinking that it must get better eventually.
The comet's glacially slow movement also led some observers to misinterpret it as a nova.
However, she and her colleagues suggest that an offshore shift in the Gulf Stream at the height of the last ice age--when sea levels were more than 100 m lower than they are now--would have allowed glacially fed, iceberg-rich coastal currents to penetrate this far south.
WHILST PROGRESS on getting community optometry integrated into the NHS IT systems remains glacially slow, there are occasional glimmers of hope, writes Lyndon Taylor.
Given that the main 'combatants' of the Cold War are still armed to the teeth and that disarmament has been glacially slow, there's little evidence to suggest that much has changed.
The often backbreaking work, however, offers a small starting salary, a glacially slow hiring process and little time for training because of staff shortages.