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.

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In 1878, the amendment was first introduced in Congress by a California senator whom Anthony had befriended when their train was trapped in a snowdrift in the Rockies. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Woman’s Hour’ Review: Friends and Foes of the 19th Amendment," 21 June 2018 Because the main road through town tends to fill in with tall, impassable snowdrifts, the windswept beach is also a route that the village kids take to and from school. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018 Some years, snowdrifts are 40 feet deep along the windy plateau and must be painstakingly cleared, said Ken Hembree, maintenance superintendent for the Montana Department of Transportation in Billings. John Nelson,, "Beartooth Highway is fearsome fun, whether you're driving it or skiing it," 18 May 2018 Roughly 650 feet from the beach, a large white shape moves in the shadows between the post office and a snowdrift as high as a house. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018 Nicknamed the Great White Hurricane, the three-day storm crippled the Atlantic coast from the Chesapeake Bay all the way into Canada, dumping almost 5 feet of snow in some places and creating 50-foot snowdrifts. Betsy Mason, National Geographic, "Discover Fascinating Vintage Maps From National Geographic's Archives," 11 May 2018 The ice and snow didn’t help, putting him on his back frequently, and his shouts were muffled by the snowdrifts and the pane of my window. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Judgement and Epiphany on Pittsburgh’s Number 79 Bus," 11 May 2018 Romanian officials warned about travel to neighboring Bulgaria, where there were snowdrifts of 40 centimeters (16 inches) and high winds in the Kardzhali and Smolyan provinces in the south and center of the country., "The Latest: Swedish Prime Minister Uninjured After Car Skids," 26 Feb. 2018 All of the snowdrift seen in the photo, taken by YMCA employee Allyson Bickel, is from the weekend storm — the ground had been bare grass prior to it, Falkenberg said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Upper Peninsula city gets 24.5 inches of snow, photo goes viral," 16 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of snowdrift

: a hill of snow that is formed by wind


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Kids Definition of snowdrift

: a bank of drifted snow

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