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

Yes, steel increases the tool's weight but increases its ability to cut into drifts and the snowplow berm at the end of the driveway. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Shovel Snow and Which Shovel to Use," 28 Nov. 2018 To go from a regular broom to a push broom is like switching from a snow shovel to a snowplow. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "No One Should Live Without a Push Broom," 12 Nov. 2018 Another portion would be deposited in a trust fund, which spins off close to 5 percent annually to pay for city services, like police and snowplows. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Five other companies expressed interest in buying Anchorage’s ML&P, records show," 21 Feb. 2018 In southern France, about 2,000 cars were blocked on highways in the Herault region, where snow — and snowplows — are extremely rare. Washington Post, "Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives," 1 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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


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: any of various devices used for clearing away snow

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