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glacial

 [gla´sh'l]
designating a highly pure state of certain acids, such as acetic acid, so called because the freezing point is only slightly below room temperature.

glacial

(glā′shĭl) [L. glacialis, icy]
1. Glassy; resembling ice.
2. Highly purified.
3. Very slow, like the movement of a glacier.

glacial

pertaining to the PLEISTOCENE epoch during which there were several glaciations.
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The evidence supports a model of localized control on sedimentation rather than sedimentation controlled by glacially influenced eustatic sea level change and we think that glacially controlled sea level changes were not a contributing factor to post-Bucktown Coal sedimentation patterns.
But his glacially stiff upper lip whisks the reader along so that the nerve holds and the perilous ascents up mountainous heights are only terrifying when a blast of modern day television news reporting spells out the reality.
The food is good but in tiny portions and glacially slow to arrive -- four hours to deliver four courses.
Each new environment is more bizarre and beautiful than the last, while the enormous bosses - ranging from glacially graceful galactic whales to lethal, hydra-headed flowers - are almost too delightful to destroy.
The first piece of the second volume maintains the pop-derived ensemble but not the improvisatory aspect or the projected images; the other pieces of the second volume are for smallish traditional orchestra minus percussion, without improvisation or projected images, and in a style characterized by a succession of (mostly) ending gestures at a glacially slow tempo, suggesting, if not quite ambient music, then certainly Nirvana-like stasis.
Such bets on a glacially slow increase in rates have kept traders interested in buying U.
As Ralph Moss has reported over the past year in his Townsend Letter column, progress in cancer treatment has been glacially slow and overly expensive for questionably responsive therapies.
Fronted by the bewitching Ritzy Bryan, a bleach blonde heartbreaker, not since the great peroxide wars of the late '80s when Andrea from Newport's The Darling Buds and The Primitives' sultry Tracy Tracy did battle have a band had such a glacially cool singer.
This "Yemeni Way" has managed to hold the country together and glacially nudge it forward, despite separatist movements in the North and the South.
lt;p>The problem: the enterprise embrace of unified communication is glacially slow, and companies are finding the promised benefits and savings illusory.