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snow

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Pronunciation: /snəʊ
 
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Definition of snow in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Atmospheric water vapour 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
snowfall, snowstorm, blizzard;
sleet, hail, soft hail;
avalanche;
North American snowslide
1.1 (snows) Falls of snow: the first snows of winter
More example sentences
  • If they're fully rooted in fall before winter season snows or rains, come spring, they're fully established and ready to grow.
  • The retreat began on 19 October, and within three weeks the first snows had fallen.
  • The freezing over of rivers and seas along with snows and ice would interfere with transportation more than higher temperatures would.
2Something resembling snow, in particular:
2.1A mass of flickering white spots on a television or radar screen, caused by interference or a poor signal: all that they could pick up on their screens was snow
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • The first cryogens were liquid air and compressed carbon dioxide snow.

verb

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1 [no object] (it snows, it is snowing, etc.) Snow falls: it’s not snowing so heavily now
More example sentences
  • 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/up) Be confined or blocked by a large quantity of snow: I was snowed in for a week
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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  • sledge from (Old English):

    The sledge that is a vehicle used on snow and ice came in the late 16th century from Dutch and is related to sled (Middle English), sleigh (early 18th century), slide (Old English), and slither (Middle English). Sleigh is from Dutch, and was originally adopted in North America. To take for a sleigh ride is a dated slang phrase meaning ‘to mislead’, from the use of sleigh ride for an implausible or false story or a hoax. A sleigh ride could also mean ‘a drug-induced high’—this went with the use of snow for cocaine in white powder form, an early 20th-century use for this Old English word. As a name for what we would now more usually call a sledgehammer, the other sledge is recorded in Old English and goes back to a root meaning ‘to strike’ and related to slay. A sledgehammer is a large, heavy hammer used for jobs such as breaking rocks and driving in fence posts, so to take a sledgehammer to crack a nut is to use a disproportionately forceful means to achieve a simple objective. The expression is recorded in the 1930s, but a decade earlier an American version use a sledgehammer to kill a gnat appears. In the 1970s Australian cricketers started sledging, or making offensive or needling remarks to opposing batsmen in an attempt to break their concentration. The idea behind the term is the crudity and lack of subtlety involved in using a sledge or sledgehammer.

Phrasal verbs

be snowed under

1
Be overwhelmed with a very large quantity of something, especially work: he’s been snowed under with urgent cases
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Derivatives

snowless

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

snowlike

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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