Moving at a glacial pace

Jun 01, 2010

We recently had someone point out that we have not included glacial as an adjective meaning ‘extremely slow’ in the Macquarie Dictionary.

This is a tricky one because its use has to be restricted in some fashion. I can’t, for example, say This computer is so glacial! or A glacial snail is creeping across the path. In effect it is a figurative use of glacial meaning ‘like a glacier’ that has acquired a certain amount of freedom in sentences where movement is implied in either a verb or a noun.

So a definition like: moving at an extremely slow rate, as is typical of a glacier: progressing at a glacial pace.

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anthony - Sept. 8, 2016, 12:06 a.m.

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