snow·​drift | \ ˈsnō-ˌdrift How to pronounce snowdrift (audio) \

Definition of snowdrift

: a bank of drifted snow

Examples of snowdrift in a Sentence

The car was almost buried in a snowdrift.
Recent Examples on the Web One opponent’s gym was so small a guy driving for a layup stumbled and fell through an outside door behind the basket into a snowdrift. Bob Hill, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2022 Use safeguards and properly ventilate when using heat from a fireplace, space heater or wood stove and make sure gas furnaces are not blocked by a snowdrift. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 Oct. 2021 Her office, a tiny cubby just off the lab, is so packed with binders and piles of paper that Martin has to stand when typing on her computer keyboard, which sits surrounded by a heap of papers like a rock that has sunk to the bottom of a snowdrift. New York Times, 20 July 2021 On a January night in 1982, Alan Lee Phillips was found shivering in his pickup, stuck in a snowdrift on a treacherous mountain pass in central Colorado. New York Times, 27 May 2021 The wide spread of characters has a whiteout effect, and a snowdrift of newsy period details—the gas crisis, looming problems in Iran—are blandly generalizing. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021 Winter storms blast the Midwest, causing havoc in Iowa as snowdrifts close major highways and strand hundreds of Democratic presidential contenders in rural communities with limited supplies of voters. Dave Barry, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2019 The Associated Press reported at the time that rescue workers dug through snowdrifts in the village of Skeklab for two days only to find 18 frozen bodies. Fox News, 7 Feb. 2020 Winds of more than 45 mph created snowdrifts as tall as 10 feet. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of snowdrift

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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snow·​drift | \ ˈsnō-ˌdrift How to pronounce snowdrift (audio) \

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: a bank of drifted snow

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