snow·bank | \ˈsnō-ˌbaŋk \

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

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 Defense experts contend the truck had settled further into the snowbank by then. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Tonya Harding to be on 'Dancing with the Stars,' report says," 4 Apr. 2018 Parrish threw aside two objects during the chase before the officer tackled Parrish in a snowbank in the parking lot of Wendler Middle School, police said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage police: Man with weapons and drugs fled traffic stop, was tackled in middle school parking lot," 20 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 \

Kids Definition of snowbank

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

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