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 Kresen told police that a snowplow had buried his car under nearly 4 feet of snow — with him still stuck inside. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "New York man trapped in car for 10 hours after snowplow leaves him buried," 18 Dec. 2020 One Pennsylvania man died after he was struck by a municipal snowplow in North Versailles on Tuesday evening. NBC News, "Winter storm blasts Northeast with 3 feet of snow, leading to 7 deaths," 17 Dec. 2020 The agency is surveying employees from other departments to find out who might have a commercial driver's license — a requirement to drive a snowplow — and could help in a pinch. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Minnesota prepares to plow through the snow — and the coronavirus," 21 Oct. 2020 But the best way to describe it is a flying snowplow. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "So Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato Talked About Their Alien Encounters This Week…," 21 Oct. 2020 That new front fascia swaps out the old snowplow-like lower grille with a less-in-your-face design. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "2021 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Fixes Some Minor Flaws," 20 Oct. 2020 Tom Prelovsky of Laurel, Md., said that as a child — and then as a teacher — his favorite sound was a snowplow scraping the road. Washington Post, "For some people, children should most definitely be heard," 5 Oct. 2020 Reno:Washoe County Roads has begun posting a snowplow monitoring system featuring an interactive map showing where trucks are operating in Incline Village and Crystal Bay in nearly real-time. USA TODAY, "$4 million dome home, owl surprise Christmas guest, cold sea turtles, red snapper: News from around our 50 states," 23 Dec. 2019 At the peak of the storm, which some people described as being like a blizzard in a hurricane, even snowplows were pulled off roads as zero-visibility dropped to near zero., "Newfoundland Asks for Military Help After Record Blizzard," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Kenosha County passes budget that includes body cams, but fails to pass bonding to pay for budget," 11 Nov. 2020 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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“Snowplow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of snowplow

: any of various devices used for clearing away snow

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