icebreaker


icebreaker
noun /ˈaɪsˌbreɪkər/
a) A ship designed to break through ice so that it, or other ships coming behind, can navigate on frozen seas.

The steel hulls of ice-breakers are much thicker than those of standard vessels.

b) A game, activity, humorous anecdote, etc., designed to relax a group of people to help them get to know each other.

, 2005: My fathers Bonneville was cutting its way toward us like an icebreaker moving through my whole state of consciousness. — Martin Torgoff, Cant Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 11)

See Also: break the ice

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  • icebreaker — noun Date: 1875 1. a ship equipped (as with a reinforced bow) to make and maintain a channel through ice 2. something that breaks the ice on a project or occasion; especially mixer 1c …   New Collegiate Dictionary