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snow

noun, often attributive \ ˈsnō \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of snow

1 a : 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

snowless

play \ˈsnō-ləs\ adjective

Examples of snow in a Sentence

  1. Snow fell softly on the town.

  2. The mountains were blanketed with snow.

  3. She took a walk in the snow.

  4. We haven't had much snow this year.

  5. She went out to shovel the snow.

  6. Soon the warm spring sun will melt the winter snows.

  7. the snows of the Rocky Mountains

  8. A light snow was falling.

Recent Examples of snow from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of snow

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


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snow

verb

Definition of snow

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

Examples of snow in a Sentence

  1. easily snowed by her glib talk

  2. the years had snowed his hair to a silvery white, making it difficult at first to recognize her old high school crush

Recent Examples of snow from the Web

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First Known Use of snow

14th century


Snow

biographical name \ ˈsnō \

Definition of Snow

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


SNOW Defined for English Language Learners

snow

noun

Definition of snow for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of snow for English Language Learners

  • —used with it to say that snow is falling

  • : to impress, deceive, or persuade (someone)


SNOW Defined for Kids

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snow

noun \ ˈsnō \

Definition of snow for Students

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

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snow

verb

Definition of snow for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

snow

noun \ ˈsnō \

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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