Share this entry

snowmelt Syllabification: snow·melt
Pronunciation: /ˈsnōmelt/

Definition of snowmelt in English:


chiefly North American
1The melting of fallen snow: heavy rains combine with rapid snowmelt
More example sentences
  • ‘The signal we see in the snow pack and snowmelt is like what is projected from climate models just due to global warming, without any ocean oscillation,’ he said.
  • During the winter, soil is packed into tunnels through the snow, and snowmelt leaves long ‘gopher cores’ of earth lying on the surface.
  • This is attributed to its large elevation range, which causes an extended melt contribution period as snowmelt progresses from the valleys to the mountain tops.
1.1Water that results from this: the day was springlike and the snowmelt shone in blue and gold
More example sentences
  • Large, intact portions of the Cienega Corridor allow for rain and snowmelt to enter the ground and recharge our drinking water reservoirs.
  • The black lines indicate additional areas where water availability is predominantly influenced by snowmelt generated upstream (but runoff generated within these areas is not snowmelt-dominated).
  • The Ogallala is a giant sponge of sand and gravel soaked with rainwater and snowmelt, stored mostly when the eastern portion of the Rocky Mountains eroded more than a million years ago.

Definition of snowmelt in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly