noun, often attributive
\ˈsnō \

Definition of snow 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

2 : something resembling snow: such 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


snowed; snowing; snows

Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to fall in or as snow

transitive verb

1 : to cause to fall like or as snow

2a : to cover, shut in, or imprison with or as if with snow

b : to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly

3 : to whiten like snow


biographical name
\ˈsnō \

Definition of Snow (Entry 3 of 3)

C(harles) P(ercy) 1905–1980 Baron Snow English novelist and physicist

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snowless \ˈsnō-ləs \ adjective

Examples of snow in a Sentence


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


easily snowed by her glib talk the years had snowed his hair to a silvery white, making it difficult at first to recognize her old high school crush
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Such systems are strongly front-biased and often pretty weak on snow and ice surfaces, especially starting off, especially on an incline. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Subaru Ascent: A Bigger, Better Family SUV," 12 July 2018 Higher temperatures mean precipitation is increasingly falling as rain rather than snow. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Bean says lots of new veggies are appearing at the Arctic Organics stand this week, including zucchini, snow apple turnips, rainbow chard and mustard greens. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Last week’s warm weather means more local veggies at farmers markets this week," 11 July 2018 Prosecutors allege Bickers and the two contractors were involved in snow removal and sidewalk contracts. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta bribery evidence against Mitzi Bickers includes recordings," 10 July 2018 Even if the animals dug through the snow, there was no grass underneath. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Snow ice cream, for a state that gets only 5 inches of snow a year. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Dear Google: Your food map of the U.S. is ... puzzling," 3 July 2018 But using emergency departments to create access to health care is like putting a snow plow on a Porsche. Paul Seward, STAT, "Emergency departments: the ‘chewing gum and duct tape’ holding together U.S. health care," 3 July 2018 Get Down with the Locals for a Caribbean Christmas Picture yourself swapping your mittens for sunscreen, snow galoshes for a floppy hat and eggnog for beachside tropical cocktails. Princess Cruises, Bon Appetit, "Set Sail for Adventure This Holiday Season," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here are the details of yesterday’s snowed-out game and the plans for the July doubleheader. Matt Breen,, "Scott Kingery's strong debut lost in Gabe Kapler shuffle | Extra Innings," 3 Apr. 2018 The Dukes haven’t played a top-10 team since beating North Carolina because Wednesday’s snowed-out meeting with No. Katherine Dunn,, "Women's lacrosse Game of the Week: No. 3 James Madison at No. 4 Maryland," 23 Mar. 2018 The novel, for instance, opens with a rare DC blizzard — essential for the plot, as Meredith and Niru get snowed in and this isolation leads to his coming out — yet somehow neither teachers nor students know of the impending storm. Anthony Domestico,, "New Iweala disappoints after ‘Beasts of No Nation’," 21 Mar. 2018 Cold air is in limited supply, so snow piles up more readily in locations with a little more latitude and elevation. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "There is potential for a significant Mid-Atlantic storm Sunday and Monday," 7 Mar. 2018 The Jackets’ ragged start was likely caused in part to getting snowed in for two nights after losing at Syracuse and not getting back home until Saturday. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: Notre Dame women roll," 7 Jan. 2018 Even though the city was snowed-in and the zoo was closed to the public, Hess strapped on his cross-country skis and traveled across town to shoot this adorable footage. Country Living, "Watch What This Polar Bear Cub Does After Huge Snow Storm Shuts Down Oregon Zoo," 12 Jan. 2017 All is lost, could see land if not snowed and blowed. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "8 undiscovered shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," 22 June 2018 In our own solar system, the model shows that ices from the outer solar system snowed down on the Earth in three waves. Nola Taylor Redd, Smithsonian, "How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of snow


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for snow


Middle English, from Old English snāw; akin to Old High German snēo snow, Latin niv-, nix, Greek nipha (accusative)

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English Language Learners Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 2)

—used with it to say that snow is falling

: to impress, deceive, or persuade (someone)


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Kids Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : small white crystals of ice formed directly from the water vapor of the air

2 : a mass of snowflakes fallen to earth a foot of snow


snowed; snowing

Kids Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fall or cause to fall in or as snow It's snowing west of here.


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Medical Definition of snow 

1 : any of various congealed or crystallized substances resembling snow in appearance carbon dioxide snow

2 slang

a : cocaine

b : heroin

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