noun, often attributive \ˈsnō\

: soft, white pieces of frozen water that fall to the ground from the sky in cold weather

: white dots that appear on the screen of a television when it is receiving a weak signal

Full Definition of SNOW

a :  precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals formed directly from the water vapor of the air at a temperature of less than 32°F (0°C)
b (1) :  a descent or shower of snow crystals
(2) :  a mass of fallen snow crystals
:  something resembling snow: as
a :  a dessert made of stiffly beaten whites of eggs, sugar, and fruit pulp <apple snow>
b :  a usually white crystalline substance that condenses from a fluid phase as snow does <ammonia snow>
c slang
(1) :  cocaine (2) :  heroin
d :  small transient light or dark spots on a television screen
snow·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of SNOW

  1. Snow fell softly on the town.
  2. The mountains were blanketed with snow.
  3. She took a walk in the snow.
  4. We haven't had much snow this year.
  5. She went out to shovel the snow.
  6. Soon the warm spring sun will melt the winter snows.
  7. the snows of the Rocky Mountains
  8. A light snow was falling.

Origin of SNOW

Middle English, from Old English snāw; akin to Old High German snēo snow, Latin niv-, nix, Greek nipha (accusative)
First Known Use: before 12th century



—used with it to say that snow is falling

: to impress, deceive, or persuade (someone)

Full Definition of SNOW

intransitive verb
:  to fall in or as snow
transitive verb
:  to cause to fall like or as snow
a :  to cover, shut in, or imprison with or as if with snow
b :  to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly
:  to whiten like snow

Examples of SNOW

  1. <easily snowed by her glib talk>
  2. <the years had snowed his hair to a silvery white, making it difficult at first to recognize her old high school crush>

First Known Use of SNOW

14th century


biographical name \ˈsnō\

Definition of SNOW

C(harles) P(ercy) 1905–1980 Baron Snow Eng. nov. & physicist


geographical name

Definition of SNOW

— see maoke


noun \ˈsnō\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SNOW

: any of various congealed or crystallized substances resembling snow in appearance <carbon dioxide snow>
slang a : cocaine b : heroin


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Solid form of water that crystallizes in the atmosphere and falls to the Earth, covering about 23% of the Earth's surface either permanently or temporarily. Snowflakes are formed by crystals of ice that generally have a hexagonal pattern. Snow cover has a significant effect on climate and on plant, animal, and human life. By increasing the reflection of solar radiation and interfering with the conduction of heat from the ground, it induces a cold climate. The low heat conduction protects small plants from the effects of the lowest winter temperatures; on the other hand, late disappearance of snow in the spring delays the growth of plants.


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