moraine

   (moh-RAYN) [French, from Savoyard dialect] Debris in the form of boulders, gravel, sand, and dirt, torn from mountain slopes by glacial movement and deposited at the sides or base of the glacier; a mound or ridge formed by such deposits. Long Island, New York, consists entirely of terminal moraine from the glaciers of the last Ice Age.
   The moraine pens up the vast field of icebergs that keeps ships away from the front of the glacier.

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  • moraine — [ mɔrɛn ] n. f. • 1779; savoyard morena « bourrelet de terre », d un rad. prélatin murr « tertre », ou du lat. mora « obstacle » ♦ Accumulation de débris entraînés, puis abandonnés par les glaciers. Moraines latérales, médianes, frontales. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Moraine — Downtown Moraine Lage in Ohio …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • moraine — 1. (mo rê n ) s. f. Terme de géologie. Falaise, terres escarpées au bord d un torrent, d une rivière, d un lac. •   Cette moraine, haute de 100 à 150 pieds, borde au nord est le petit lac que nous côtoyions, SAUSSURE Voy. Alpes, t. III, p. 413,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Moraine — Mo*raine , n. [F. Cf. Prov. G. mur stones broken off, It. mora a heap of stones, hillock, G. m[ u]rbe soft, broken up, OHG. muruwi, AS. mearu tender, Gr. ? to cause to wither, Skr. ml[=a] to relax.] (Geol.) An accumulation of earth and stones… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moraine — [mə rān′, môrān′] n. [Fr < dial. morêna < morre, muzzle, akin to Sp morro, snout, headland < VL * murru, echoic word for snout] a mound, ridge, or mass of rocks, gravel, sand, clay, etc. carried and deposited directly by a glacier, along …   English World dictionary

  • Moraine — Moraine, OH U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 6897 Housing Units (2000): 3127 Land area (2000): 9.070917 sq. miles (23.493566 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.272740 sq. miles (0.706393 sq. km) Total area (2000): 9.343657 sq. miles (24.199959 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Moraine, OH — U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 6897 Housing Units (2000): 3127 Land area (2000): 9.070917 sq. miles (23.493566 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.272740 sq. miles (0.706393 sq. km) Total area (2000): 9.343657 sq. miles (24.199959 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • moraine — (n.) ridge of rock deposited by a glacier, 1789, from Fr. moraine (18c.), from Savoy dialect morena mound of earth, from Prov. morre snout, muzzle, from V.L. *murrum round object, of unknown origin, perhaps from a pre Latin Alpine language.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Moraine — Nom porté à la fois dans les Ardennes et dans l Ouest (35). Variante : Moraines (53, 14). Apparemment une variante (ou un matronyme) de Morain, autre forme de Morin (voir Maurin pour le sens) …   Noms de famille

  • moraine — ► NOUN ▪ a mass of rocks and sediment carried down and deposited by a glacier. ORIGIN from French dialect morre snout …   English terms dictionary

  • Moraine — This article is about geological phenomena. For other uses, see Moraine (disambiguation). A moraine is any glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris (soil and rock) which can occur in currently glaciated and formerly… …   Wikipedia

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