icebreaker (plural icebreakers)
- A ship designed to break through ice so that it, or other ships coming behind, can navigate on frozen seas.
- Coordinate term: slushbreaker
- The steel hulls of ice-breakers are much thicker than those of standard vessels.
- 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, published 2005, page 11:
- My father's Bonneville was cutting its way toward us like an icebreaker moving through my whole state of consciousness.
- (figuratively) A game, activity, humorous anecdote, etc., designed to relax a group of people to help them get to know each other.
- The new college hallmates were awkward with each other at first, but after a game of charades as an icebreaker, they were laughing like old friends.
- 2011, Elaine Biech, chapter 11, in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN:
- The key purpose of an icebreaker is to introduce your group members to each other and to introduce your training session topic. A well-planned icebreaker ensures that a training session will start with more involvement and focus.
- (theater) A lively song and dance routine at the start of a musical.
- 2014, Maggie Davis, Stage Door Canteen:
- At the moment the curtain went up there had to be a lively ensemble number of principals and chorus singing and dancing, the traditional “icebreaker” that also covered up the noise of late-arriving ticket holders getting to their seats.
ship designed to break through ice
game, anecdote, or other activity to help introduce people