snow·​plow | \ ˈsnō-ˌplau̇ How to pronounce snowplow (audio) \

Definition of snowplow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various devices used for clearing away snow
2 : a stemming with both skis used for coming to a stop, slowing down, or descending slowly


snowplowed; snowplowing; snowplows

Definition of snowplow (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to execute a snowplow snowplowed to a stop

Examples of snowplow in a Sentence

Verb He snowplowed to a stop.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the county has enough snowplow and salt truck drivers to cover all routes, there aren't many extra drivers, Beck said. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 2 Feb. 2022 Archbold, 58, has driven a snowplow for nearly four decades. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 April Hajdu, who lives across from a pond some of the cars spilled into, said she was awoken by the sounds of scraping, believing it at first to be a snowplow. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2022 The phenomenon, which resembled the angled blade of a snowplow, brought speculation that a dust storm was closing in on southern Paraguay. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 The 36-year-old’s first halfpipe was the result of the bounty from both a heavy snowstorm and a snowplow. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 24 Feb. 2015 Chris Archbold, 58, a veteran snowplow driver, pulled into a gas station in Middleton, Mass., on Saturday afternoon to clear off his windshield and fill up his tank before heading back into the blinding snow and howling winds. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 Nicholson drove a 2012 Subaru south on Lee Road and turned left into a McDonald’s parking lot in front of the city snowplow, according to police. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 7 Feb. 2022 Three more people died when an SUV and snowplow collided in Montgomery County, Maryland, NBC reported. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some Massachusetts towns, for example, are offering up to $310 an hour to snowplow operators amid stiff competition for commercial drivers. al, 16 Nov. 2021 Beyond body cameras for Kenosha County Sheriff deputies, the budget includes funding for projects that ranged from highway improvements to snowplow equipment. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2020 Parents are hovering and helicoptering and snowplowing in ways that are so toxic for their children. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 14 June 2019 Yet somehow within an hour, the whole circus, from snowball-hurling middle schoolers to wobbly kindergartners, is snowplowing, then speeding, downhill. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, 2 Apr. 2019 The board is also reviewing a homeowners association agreement, which outlines how the group will be responsible for a common septic system, and snowplowing the development’s private road, Guimond said. Jill Terreri Ramos,, 10 May 2018 The results show the risks posed by the deficit-reduction plan that lawmakers have advanced to help pay for basic government services like schools and snowplowing while preserving a decades-old cash benefit. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Jan. 2018 Already a few bike trails are snowplowed in winter to allow hardy residents with fat-tired bikes to get around. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, 10 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of snowplow


1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1904, in the meaning defined above

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snow·​plow | \ ˈsnō-ˌplau̇ How to pronounce snowplow (audio) \

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