granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
a field of such snow.
Also called firn. a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice
a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice
“field of granular snow, firn,” 1843, from French névé (19c.), probably from Savoyard névi “mass of snow,” from Latin nivem (nominative nix) “snow” (cf. French neige), from PIE root *sneigwh- “snow, to snow” (see snow (n.)).
[nev-uh l-suh n] /ˈnɛv əl sən/ noun 1. Louise, 1900–1988, U.S. sculptor, born in Russia.
[nev-er] /ˈnɛv ər/ adverb 1. not ever; at no time: Such an idea never occurred to me. 2. not at all; absolutely not: never mind; This will never do. 3. to no extent or degree: He was never the wiser for his experience. Idioms 4. never mind, don’t bother; don’t concern yourself. /ˈnɛvə/ adverb, sentence […]
- Never a dull moment
Something is always changing or happening, as in First Lauren spits up, then she coughs, then she sneezes—never a dull moment with this baby! This expression was first recorded in 1889.
[nev-er-en-ding] /ˌnɛv ərˈɛn dɪŋ/ adjective 1. having or likely to have no end: never-ending worry. adjective 1. having or seeming to have no end; interminable adj. also neverending, 1660s, from never + present participle of end (v.).