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snow·​plow ˈsnō-ˌplau̇ How to pronounce snowplow (audio)
: any of various devices used for clearing away snow
: a stemming with both skis used for coming to a stop, slowing down, or descending slowly


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snowplowed; snowplowing; snowplows

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
The actor, who suffered 30 broken bones in a New Year’s Day snowplow accident, is set to return to his starring role in the streamer’s Taylor Sheridan drama Mayor of Kingstown. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 His return had not been guaranteed after the actor suffered traumatic injuries in a snowplow accident on New Year's Day 2023, just weeks before the show's second season debuted. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 6 Sep. 2023 The comments of his post were flooded with further support, including from Jeremy Renner, who had his own road to recovery after a snowplow accident. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 17 Aug. 2023 Renner is also recovering after being involved in a 14,000-pound snowplow accident in January. Zach Mentz, cleveland, 4 May 2023 Jeremy Renner is raising a glass to his recovery after his near-tragic snowplow accident. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 25 July 2023 Renner was crushed by his seven-ton snowplow on New Year's Day while trying to help free a relative's car at his Nevada home. CBS News, 12 Apr. 2023 There are 19 locations where salt is stored in the city, and the department has more than 300 snowplows. Richard Requena, Chicago Tribune, 7 Apr. 2023 Fan Fusion: Jeremy Renner after his snowplow accident Highs and lows of Fan Fusion comic con in Phoenix Spoilers! Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2023
That’s why after ordering a new 10-ton 2022 Freightliner snowplow in 2021 the city is already moving ahead with an additional 2023 model. John Benson, cleveland, 29 Dec. 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use


1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowplow was in 1792

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“Snowplow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: any of various devices used for clearing away snow

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