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

Majestic subarctic mountains, white snow, black basalt, and teal oceans with breaching whales. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "This Icelandic Apartment Is Filled With Small-Space Inspiration," 16 Aug. 2018 Even in good years, when rain and snow are plentiful, there isn't enough to meet all of the state's needs. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "California has a new plan for allocating its water, and it means less for farmers," 6 July 2018 The smallest and lightest specks of radioactive debris would meanwhile rise high into the atmosphere, circling the Earth many times before returning to the ground in rain or snow. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 Waterfalls are a testament to each winter’s rain and snow. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California’s 12 splashiest waterfalls," 17 May 2018 The Blizzard of 1978, which hit Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, left Indianapolis buried under more than 20 inches of snow. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: It just got really dark and there's so much lightning," 26 June 2018 Wilderness: In the Tahoe region, the major trailhead at Echo Lakes for the Pacific Crest Trail and Desolation Wilderness is open and clear of snow. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Summer arrives: Light the fuse and stand back," 31 May 2018 Then, the weight of snow in early January caused the roof to cave in. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Collapsed chapel, a school gym and hope, all part of this weekend's Mass Mob," 11 May 2018 The Kyoto International Conference Center certainly looks the picture under a blanket of snow. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Star Wars Day: What to do on May 4 (and why)," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thus, the effectiveness of targeting someone online by snowing their employer with incessant claims of outrageous past behavior and staging an outcry may already be greatly diminished. Aja Romano, Vox, "The “controversy” over journalist Sarah Jeong joining the New York Times, explained," 3 Aug. 2018 Assuming it will ever stop snowing No one throws a curve ball like Mother Nature. Editors, USA TODAY, "Teacher protests, 'Roseanne,' The Yankees and more things you need to know Tuesday," 3 Apr. 2018 Speaking of ice, the traditional trail along this section of the river has been snowed-in this season, unused, buried. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "Moments of truth: Spring on the Kobuk," 28 Apr. 2018 While the private schools started their spring slate earlier in the month, Wednesday’s first day of Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association competition has been snowed out. Glenn Graham,, "Heavy snow wipes out spring high school sporting events," 21 Mar. 2018 The first game on Friday night was snowed out, forcing the teams to play a doubleheader on Saturday. Peter King,, "Why One Home Run That Barry Zito Gave Up in College Now Stands Above the Rest," 13 Feb. 2018 A day after most Tri-State athletic events were snowed out, the boys' basketball squads from the dueling Forest Hills high schools heated up the gym at Anderson on Saturday night. Scott Springer,, "Anderson outlasts Turpin in rivalry game," 13 Jan. 2018 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

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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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