EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLOE
"Be ready, now," said Kit; when some one of the party on the floe fired on a sudden.
About seven o'clock we heard a splashing out along the floe.
We towed the carcass up to the edge of the floe, and pulled it up.
She must have been caught in the floe before she could make her way into harbour for shelter.
To get through this floe, it was necessary to form a channel with the ice-saws.
Though the floe had been considerable no mishap occurred to them.
One was seen at some distance from a floe, in which there was a crack.
The whale was killed, and made fast to the floe, waiting for the return of the ship.
She appeared about a quarter of a mile off or more, at the edge of the floe.
She at last rose close to a floe, when we all rushed in upon her.
1817, first used by Arctic explorers, probably from Norwegian flo "layer, slab," from Old Norse flo, related to first element in flagstone (q.v.). Earlier explorers used flake.