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.

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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 The evidence is crucial, Sussman said, because to this day no one has admitted to firing the two shots heard on one video as Finicum emerged from his truck after plowing into a snowbank along U.S. 395 to avoid a police roadblock on Jan. 26, 2016. Maxine Bernstein,, "Indicted FBI agent spends personal savings on forensic experts to challenge indictment," 21 May 2018 The man had somehow managed to drive a short distance before crashing the bullet-riddled SUV into a snowbank and exiting the vehicle. Phillip Morris,, "America's schools must stop becoming impromptu morgues: Phillip Morris," 25 Feb. 2018 There’s a whole genre of throwing-away-my-Juul videos on social media, with people tossing their vape into a river or a snowbank as dramatic music plays. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of snowbank

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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