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 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, "Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2019," 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, "Which were the worst blizzards? Here are the deadliest storms in history," 7 Feb. 2020 Winds of more than 45 mph created snowdrifts as tall as 10 feet. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top 10 Wisconsin weather events in last decade," 9 Jan. 2020 Rain around Anchorage on Thursday was falling as snow at elevations above 2,000 feet, Baines said, and 3-foot snowdrifts were reported at Glen Alps and near Hiland Road in Eagle River. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Susitna Valley gets a dump of snow as winds sweep through Anchorage," 29 Nov. 2019 The poems are banked impressions, like snowdrifts after a blizzard, or deposits left by a receding tide. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Many Voices of Charles Wright," 4 Nov. 2019 The narrative arc of the sisters’ journey north is buried in whole snowdrifts of backstory about the past colonial sins of Anna and Elsa’s frosty kingdom. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Frozen II Is an Enchanted Quest for Sequel Money," 14 Nov. 2019 Colder temperatures are making Tuesday’s snowfall generally light and fluffy, and gusty winds will likely blow around the snow, restricting visibility and creating some smaller snowdrifts. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Think this morning was bad? The strongest snow, wind, cold is still to come tonight," 29 Oct. 2019 After wet winters, snowdrifts can remain stubbornly solid deep into summer, and rivers crossing the trail can run dangerously high. Gregory Thomas,, "New rules aim to smooth crowds on Pacific Crest Trail," 22 Oct. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowdrift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowdrift

: a hill of snow that is formed by wind


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

Kids Definition of snowdrift

: a bank of drifted snow

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