Definition of snow in English:


Syllabification: snow
Pronunciation: /snō


  • 1Atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer: we were trudging through deep snow the first snow of the season
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    • He stood up too and they walked out, their boots crunching though the thin layer of slush and snow covering the ground.
    • A thin layer of snow had covered the ground and I was freezing.
    • The tragic ending is atmospheric, with snow falling on a procession of women carrying red lanterns.
  • 2Something that resembles snow in color or texture, in particular.
  • 2.1A mass of flickering white spots on a television or radar screen, caused by interference or a poor signal.
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    • The television shows some snow all over the screen, until a blue screen shows ‘play’ on it.
    • The television filled with digital snow, casting a pale glow about the darkened room.
    • The image was only partially there and most of it was static and white snow from the interference but what he wanted Boswell to see was indeed on the tape.
  • 2.2 informal Cocaine.
  • 2.3A dessert or other dish resembling snow: vanilla snow
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    • At first the technique was used to make a simple, uncooked dish called snow, made from egg white and cream.
  • 2.4 [with modifier] A frozen gas resembling snow: carbon dioxide snow
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    • The first cryogens were liquid air and compressed carbon dioxide snow.


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  • 1 [no object] (it snows, it is snowing, etc.) Snow falls: it’s not snowing so heavily now
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    • At the end of the road we stop and it is snowing fairly heavily.
    • This morning… can you believe it… it is snowing!
    • I feel so cozy inside when it is snowing - something I miss from living in Edmonton.
  • 1.1 (be snowed in) Be confined or blocked by a large quantity of snow: I was snowed in for a week
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    • We were snowed in, the snow had stopped just before the top of the windows.
    • Last year we were snowed in and it took two days to clear the snow away.
    • He was at Bacup during the severe winter of 1947, when trains were snowed up in the Whitworth area.
  • 2 [with object] North American informal Mislead or charm (someone) with elaborate and insincere words: they would snow the public into believing that all was well
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    • He used you people, played on your sympathy and thoroughly snowed you.
    • Then he snows her with rapid-fire comments and returns to the ‘you're forgiven’ angle.
    • She knew she ought to be furious; he hadn't exactly snowed her, but he'd taken advantage of a faith she didn't put in many people, of the memories of her childhood.

Phrasal verbs

be snowed under

Be overwhelmed with a large quantity of something, especially work: he’s been snowed under with urgent cases
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  • He says he has now paid the client her £400, while the delays in replying to the letters happened when he was snowed under with work.
  • I was snowed under in college with exams, just as I am with projects now.
  • The report, for the year 1999, shows the 11 member board is snowed under by a growing backlog of complaints despite a fall in the number of fresh complaints for that year.



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  • Brandon traverses a short snowless section of the path.
  • We continued climbing towards the impressive, albeit snowless, peak of Keansani.
  • We eschew snow because it's a pain to shovel and makes driving difficult, but in the parts of the world that need it, a snowless winter can be devastating to the crops and the water table.


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  • On the surface, there are shells, fish bones and a snowlike powder left behind by the alkaline waters.
  • In low-light trials, this noise grew almost to snowlike patterns from the increasing gain.
  • Wearing shorts, flip-flops and a ventilator mask, he was shrouded in a swirling cloud of snowlike particles.


Old English snāw, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sneeuw and German Schnee, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nix, niv- and Greek nipha.

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