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

Richard Jones crouched in the snow outside a Chicago apartment building, blood smeared across his face. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "A former state ward is accused of killing a mental health worker in Chicago. Staff tried to raise safety concerns before his death.," 12 June 2019 When some wanted to show support for the teens participating in last year’s March for our Lives national antigun violence demonstration, a huge crowd of MGH staffers came pouring out for a picture in the snow. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Forged in pain, new Mass. General gun violence center aims at prevention," 9 June 2019 Another official told The Times that four of the climbers were tied into a rope together and partially covered in snow. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Climbers Presumed Dead on Flanks of Nanda Devi East," 6 June 2019 Colorado was hit with a deluge of snowstorms over the weekend, and motorists driving on the state's I-70 highway on Sunday experienced the worst of the frosty onslaught when an avalanche barreled down a mountainside and engulfed their cars in snow. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harrowing Video Shows Massive Avalanche Blanket Colorado Highway," 4 Mar. 2019 Wearing a bright red silk jumpsuit by Sergio Hudson, the lawyer looked absolutely flawless, and didn't seem worried about being caught in the snow. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Stuns in a Bright Red Jumpsuit at Meghan Markle's Baby Shower," 20 Feb. 2019 But the photos are very different; Omer Kanipak’s image of children peering into the Hive was shortlisted in the buildings in use category, while Jeff Eden’s photo of the building in snow was shortlisted in the Sense of Place category. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Are these the best architectural photos of 2018?," 4 Oct. 2018 Northern areas of the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest, and winter driving featuring freezing rain or snow, are most affected by the accident risk. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Study Shows Even Light Rain Increases Risk of Traffic Fatalities," 13 May 2019 There will also be a mix of rain and snow moving through the upper Mississippi Valley into Thursday night. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Bomb Cyclone Will Slam 70 Million People Across the U.S. Because Winter Just Won't Quit," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the past decade, Hershberger has plowed their driveway when it's snowed. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "'Dad, don't you dare lie to me': One call unveiled his secret. His hometown helps him heal.," 7 June 2019 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

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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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More Definitions for snow

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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