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


He snowplowed to a stop.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Amy is a mother who really wants the best for her son, and there’s that new term of parenting: The snowplow parent is the new helicopter parent, talking about parents who want to clear the path for their kids instead of preparing them for the path. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Naomi Watts reveals Octavia Spencer is the reason she joined Luce," 31 July 2019 The road was closed over the weekend due to snowfall in the mountains, and was kept closed on Monday due to difficulties snowplows had clearing it. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Trail Ridge Road reopens after weekend closure," 25 June 2019 Crews quickly brought out snowplows to try to clear the slush on the roads, and some were buried under the remains of a large landslide. Jenna West,, "Violent Weather Forces Early Halt to Tour de France Stage 19," 26 July 2019 The new buildings will hold more equipment, which means that vehicles like snowplows and Illinois State Police cars won’t have to be parked outside, Stukel said. Mary Wisniewski,, "Tollway is building new, energy-efficient maintenance garages," 5 July 2019 Dwayne Haskins and the rise of the snowplow parents (Kalyn Kahler): While this is not just an NFL phenomenon, Kahler dives into the world of sporting stage parents. Conor Orr,, "Summer Weekend? Catch Up on The MMQB’s Best Content," 21 June 2019 Garland said, recalling the words of a county snowplow driver. Daniel Petty, The Denver Post, "Hardrock 100 endurance run canceled because of avalanche debris, snowpack," 10 June 2019 Cyrus, who sometimes moonlights as a snowplow operator, gave a tour of the village public safety building with its two jail cells and a stack of paperbacks for the guards. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network," 16 May 2019 Some of these moons, like Daphnis, act like a snowplow after a storm, clearing a path through the rings. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Reveals the Secrets of Saturn's Tiny "Ravioli" Moons," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Parents are hovering and helicoptering and snowplowing in ways that are so toxic for their children. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "'Girls Who Code' founder Reshma Saujani is a boy mom fighting gender norms. 'Let them fail'," 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, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 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,, "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 How to pronounce snowplow (audio) \

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: any of various devices used for clearing away snow

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