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

Finicum drove away from a police stop and crashed his truck into a snowbank to avoid FBI agents and police at a roadblock. oregonlive, "Ryan Payne, Victoria Sharp’s lawsuit over police stop, shooting death of LaVoy Finicum dismissed," 7 Sep. 2019 The crowds, which a few minutes before lined the streets, melted as if a blast from a furnace had hit a snowbank. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Allied forces liberate Paris from Nazis," 25 Aug. 2019 Oregon investigators said Astarita fired after Finicum's truck swerved into a snowbank at a roadblock and then stepped out of his pickup. Maxine Bernstein,, "FBI told state police not to wear body cameras for 2016 stop of refuge occupation leaders," 2 Feb. 2018 The Jeep reacts and time momentarily slows down, the oversteering Highlander doing a Ken Block gymkhana slo-mo as its rear bumper comes within a quark or two of slapping the Wrangler into the snowbank. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the New Jeep Wrangler's Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine Is Totally Worth the Extra Money," 13 Feb. 2019 Trooper caught up with it on Tunxis Trail in Bolton, where the car hit a snowbank. Christine Dempsey,, "State Police: Driver With Drugs Speeds Past Troopers, Gets Arrested," 14 Mar. 2018 Traction can be challenging and routes can be difficult to discern when there's not a path marked by snowbanks. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lake Winnebago's winter roads offer access to fishing shacks, speedy commuter routes," 14 Feb. 2018 Finicum crashed into the side of a snowbank to avoid a police roadblock. Maxine Bernstein,, "Finicum family files wrongful death lawsuit against FBI, BLM, Oregon State Police and others," 26 Jan. 2018 For anyone wondering what happens in the event that a driver loses control and plows into a snowbank, apparently Lamborghini has thought of this, too, so the answer is not much. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "Sliding with the Bulls: We Survive Lamborghini’s Winter Accademia," 17 Mar. 2018

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1779, in the meaning defined above

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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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