snow

noun, often attributive
\ ˈsnō How to pronounce snow (audio) \

Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals formed directly from the water vapor of the air at a temperature of less than 32°F (0°C)
b(1) : a descent or shower of snow crystals
(2) : a mass of fallen snow crystals
2 : something resembling snow: such as
a : a dessert made of stiffly beaten whites of eggs, sugar, and fruit pulp apple snow
b : a usually white crystalline substance that condenses from a fluid phase as snow does ammonia snow

c slang

(1) : cocaine
(2) : heroin
d : small transient light or dark spots on a television screen

snow

verb
snowed; snowing; snows

Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to fall in or as snow

transitive verb

1 : to cause to fall like or as snow
2a : to cover, shut in, or imprison with or as if with snow
b : to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly
3 : to whiten like snow

Snow

biographical name
\ ˈsnō How to pronounce Snow (audio) \

Definition of Snow (Entry 3 of 3)

C(harles) P(ercy) 1905–1980 Baron Snow English novelist and physicist

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Other Words from snow

Noun

snowless \ ˈsnō-​ləs How to pronounce snowless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of snow in a Sentence

Noun

Snow fell softly on the town. The mountains were blanketed with snow. She took a walk in the snow. We haven't had much snow this year. She went out to shovel the snow. Soon the warm spring sun will melt the winter snows. the snows of the Rocky Mountains A light snow was falling.

Verb

easily snowed by her glib talk the years had snowed his hair to a silvery white, making it difficult at first to recognize her old high school crush
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even with the inundation, the avalanche didn't bring enough snow to trap any cars, the Colorado Department of Transit said. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harrowing Video Shows Massive Avalanche Blanket Colorado Highway," 4 Mar. 2019 In 2016, royal watchers were treated to a sweet family photo of Will, Kate, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte enjoying the snow in the French Alps. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Won't Be Making Any Appearances This Week," 19 Feb. 2019 But this weekend, the Dawson's Creek alum shared a gorgeous photo of Suri enjoying the snow with a friend. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Just Shared the Sweetest Photo of Suri Cruise in the Snow," 18 Feb. 2019 Good government is often unglamorous stuff—fixing pot holes, plowing snow, collecting trash. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Trump's 'Space Force' Won't — and Shouldn't — Happen," 19 June 2018 Other satellites make a cunning use of gravity to estimate the snow and ice mass. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "How Scientists Tracked Antarctica's Stunning Ice Loss," 13 June 2018 Also, one or more of your friends are traitors, determined to kill the rest and leave your corpses in the snow. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019 The mural — Crete's third but the chamber's first — is attached to the Cass Street side of the building, approximately 18 inches above the sidewalk to avoid contact with snow and ice, Cobb said. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "New mural in Crete opens a window into historic building's past," 6 July 2018 Heavenly recorded 7 inches of snow and the town of Kyburz saw 4 inches fall between 7 a.m. April 15 and 7 a.m. April 16. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Latest Sierra storm puts Lake Tahoe ski resort at the 400-inch snowfall mark for season | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My favorite moment was waking up one Sunday completely snowed in. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "Amélie Pichard’s Eco-House Tour Through the American West," 13 Mar. 2019 Internet and cellphone service is spotty, the two roads to the outside world are snowed in every winter, and Buddhist monasteries compete with military outposts for prime mountaintop locations. New York Times, "Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World," 2 July 2018 The Marauders were snowed out of last Friday’s opener against Austin Prep. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "Mike Vasil a commanding presence for BC High baseball," 11 Apr. 2018 Donoghue, who lives in Canada, said Ma's adventures with Jack are extrapolated from times when she was snowed in with her little children. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 easy ways to enjoy a snow day in Milwaukee," 9 Feb. 2018 The day the Royals game was snowed out: May 2, 2013 The Kansas City Royals played host to the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on May 2, 2013. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals' series finale at Detroit postponed because of weather," 4 Apr. 2018 At the moment, everyone is working on the blizzard that snowed in most of North Carolina on December 9th, temporarily shutting down flights to FedEx’s regional hub in Greensboro. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 But the delays and cancellations weren't just limited to the snowed-in spots. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Winter Storm Bruce Leads to Flight Delays, Cancellations," 26 Nov. 2018 Both Chicago teams were snowed out at home April 9, and the Cubs had to postpone Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals after more snow and wind chills expected to be in the 20s. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Major League Baseball would be better, and less vulnerable to weather, with 142-game season," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of snow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for snow

Noun

Middle English, from Old English snāw; akin to Old High German snēo snow, Latin niv-, nix, Greek nipha (accusative)

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snow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: soft, white pieces of frozen water that fall to the ground from the sky in cold weather
: white dots that appear on the screen of a television when it is receiving a weak signal

snow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 2)

used with it to say that snow is falling
US, informal : to impress, deceive, or persuade (someone)

snow

noun
\ ˈsnō How to pronounce snow (audio) \

Kids Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : small white crystals of ice formed directly from the water vapor of the air
2 : a mass of snowflakes fallen to earth a foot of snow

snow

verb
snowed; snowing

Kids Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fall or cause to fall in or as snow It's snowing west of here.

snow

noun
\ ˈsnō How to pronounce snow (audio) \

Medical Definition of snow

1 : any of various congealed or crystallized substances resembling snow in appearance carbon dioxide snow

2 slang

a : cocaine
b : heroin

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