snow·​bank | \ ˈsnō-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce snowbank (audio) \

Definition of snowbank

: a mound or slope of snow

Examples of snowbank in a Sentence

The car slid into a snowbank.
Recent Examples on the Web Clevelander Daniel James Allen smashed through a gate on the west side of the airport on Feb. 3, 2019, drove across the airfield and crashed out on the southeast side near the IX Center, where he got stuck in a snowbank. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "TSA, city investigating new case of driver crashing through perimeter fence at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport," 30 June 2020 Owls are not a significant predation factor, because ptarmigan spend their nights buried in snowbanks for warmth. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "A pressure cooker, a couple of willow ptarmigan and voila! Dinner is served.," 4 Jan. 2020 The third element was one that was even more shocking for my band of tightly wound New Yorkers than jumping into a snowbank: a prolonged embrace of public napping. New York Times, "Napping Away Winter in Montreal’s Nordic Spas," 19 Feb. 2020 The complaint does describe the investigation surrounding a backpack of guns, ammunition and drugs found in a snowbank outside the apartment building in the 5300 block of North Lovers Lane Road. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father of fatally shot 5-year-old boy charged with child neglect, heroin and marijuana offenses," 11 Feb. 2020 Woolson set up behind a snowbank up the road while the second camera operator launched a drone overhead. Gregory Thomas,, "Ski-jumping over Highway 50? Here’s how Josh Daiek did it," 8 Feb. 2020 People won’t want to climb a snowbank or take baby steps to avoid ice patches. Lew Sichelman | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication,, "The Housing Scene: The holidays are actually a good time to buy or sell," 4 Oct. 2019 In 2015, Fields was convicted of his second drunken driving offense after crashing his van into a median and ending up in a snowbank in Brown Deer. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Candidate for city's top finance post says he is on 'comeback' from bankruptcy and OWI," 17 Feb. 2020 Suspicious, Blackford Road: While on patrol 3:50 p.m. Feb. 1 a woman walking her dog flagged down an officer to report a person in a snowbank near Sylvan Drive. cleveland, "Officers helped to break up a dog fight: Russell Township police blotter," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of snowbank

1779, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowbank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowbank

: a pile of snow especially along the side of a road


snow·​bank | \ ˈsnō-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce snowbank (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowbank

: a mound or pile of snow that results from clearing pavement

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