snow·plow | \ˈsnō-ˌplau̇ \

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


He snowplowed to a stop.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Traffic was held on Highway 50, westbound at Meyers and eastbound at Echo Summit, early Friday afternoon to remove a Caltrans snowplow that overturned earlier near North Upper Truckee Road, the California Highway reports. Benjy Egel, Adam Ashton And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Winter storm's fallout: Missing snowboarder found dead, snowplow overturns," 2 Mar. 2018 When ash fell in 2009 the the airport covered it with snow and used a snowplow to clear it, Wassen said. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is no stranger to volcanoes erupting. But what would happen in a big one?," 28 May 2018 Miami Township, Clermont County - Snow emergency on all Miami Township roads effective Saturday at 6 a.m. Township says cars should be removed from streets so snowplows can be more effective. Jennie Key,, "Are you on the list? Greater Cincinnati communities declare snow emergencies," 12 Jan. 2018 But on Nextdoor, the overwhelming majority of Americans were focused on the impacts of late-season snowstorms: stuck cars, downed power lines, and especially snowplows. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America," 20 June 2018 The family of a 57-year-old woman killed by a snowplow truck at Begich Middle School is suing the Anchorage School District. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Family of Anchorage woman killed by school snowplower sues district," 8 Feb. 2018 With the storm bearing down, the City of Milwaukee declared overnight, alternate-side parking restrictions for Sunday and Monday night to help drivers of snowplows and salt trucks clear the streets. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Several inches of snow on the ground, and more is coming today and tonight," 14 Jan. 2018 The storm is like a snowplow in the atmosphere, shunting air ahead of it upwards and out of the way. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Video: Severe thunderstorms lash the Plains with tornadoes and hail," 4 May 2018 Pavement heaves, snowplows gash it, and wounds open up called potholes, chuckholes or worse. Grant Segall,, "Thumpity thump: Potholes are 'worse than usual' this year (photos)," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "Marshfield housing development back on planning table," 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, "Alaska politicians could use the Permanent Fund to fix the deficit. But will that put PFDs at risk?," 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, "Driving to Lake Tahoe? Planners hope you’ll take the bus instead.," 10 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of snowplow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flat or curved piece of metal that is attached to the front of a vehicle and used for clearing snow from a road, driveway, etc.; also : a vehicle (such as a truck) that has a snowplow attached

: a position in skiing in which the front ends of the skis are moved together in order to stop, slow down, or turn



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

: to move the front ends of your skis together in order to stop, slow down, or turn


snow·plow | \ˈsnō-ˌplau̇ \

Kids Definition of snowplow

: any of various devices used for clearing away snow

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