Definition of snow in English:

snow

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’
    • ‘To the south there are high mountains, covered in thick spring snow.’
    • ‘I expected to see snow on the mountains, it was that cold.’
    • ‘For it to be deemed a white Christmas, at least one flake of snow has to fall on the roof of the London weather centre.’
    • ‘He stood up too and they walked out, their boots crunching though the thin layer of slush and snow covering the ground.’
    • ‘There was a heavy, wet snow falling gently on the harbour.’
    • ‘In dry-winter areas that don't freeze or have much snow, water perennials once a month on a sunny, warm day to keep them alive and healthy.’
    • ‘Shoveling snow was beginning to wear on me.’
    • ‘A thin layer of white snow now lay upon the ground and still more was falling heavily.’
    • ‘When the vapor condenses into rain or freezes to make snow, the precipitation is acid, which can fall into lakes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As wet, fluffy snow fell throughout the day, many protestors began tossing snowballs at riot police.’
    • ‘Outside, snow fell: fat flakes adhering to the windows and frosting the glass in translucent white.’
    • ‘She landed gently, the winds swirling around her, picking up the small flakes of snow from the ground.’
    • ‘Having inserted it perpendicularly into the lying snow, it still did not touch the ground.’
    • ‘Precipitation falling as snow complicates the water balance as defined in this way, but the principles are the same.’
    • ‘The film is astonishingly beautiful in its pristine silver light, with snow on the ground and a weak sun low over the city.’
    • ‘He found her sitting alone next to a window, watching snow falling onto the ground.’
    • ‘Halfway to the Northern palace, two days into the journey, night fell as fresh snow floated to the ground.’
    • ‘This is because the snow is blown around in the wind, and it is hard to know the difference between falling and drifting snow.’
    snowflakes, flakes, snowdrift, snowfield, snowpack
    snowfall, snowstorm, blizzard
    sleet, hail, soft hail
    avalanche
    snowslide
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    1. 1.1snows Falls of snow:
      ‘the first snows of winter’
      • ‘Relief agencies were scrambling to find warm tents from wherever they could before snows begin to fall, the spokesperson said.’
      • ‘But come late fall, the heavy snows force the crew to leave the Highlands for the relatively hospitable climate of southern Cape Breton.’
      • ‘The freezing over of rivers and seas along with snows and ice would interfere with transportation more than higher temperatures would.’
      • ‘As seasons pass from cherry blossoms and summer beaches to fall foliage and winter snows, their love becomes stronger and more enduring.’
      • ‘The snows of 1947 had virtually wiped the rabbit population out, but they were back with a vengeance.’
      • ‘We had the first snows of the season last night and Mount Wellington opposite is looking pretty dramatic and beautiful.’
      • ‘The crazy weather conditions are set continue, as forecasters predict that the winter will be the coldest since the devastating snows of 1963.’
      • ‘He would ask after them from a mutual friend, sure, but would he drive across state lines to deliver their wife's baby when the snows had brought down telegraph lines?’
      • ‘If they're fully rooted in fall before winter season snows or rains, come spring, they're fully established and ready to grow.’
      • ‘They are white and weathered, the horns cracked and bleached by the snows and frosts, and the rains and heats of many winters and summers.’
      • ‘Planted with care and planning, bulbs can keep a garden alive with color from the last snows of winter through the first frosts of fall.’
      • ‘Not every sack of grain needs to be distributed to stockpiles before the snows come next month.’
      • ‘I do love the first snow of the season, especially when it happens overnight.’
      • ‘‘I was still pretending that she would get through the Sierra before the snows fell,’ Didion writes.’
      • ‘Fall rains and winter snows will provide moisture to germinate seeds.’
      • ‘The snows came particularly early last year, at the beginning of September, and lasted well into April.’
      • ‘The retreat began on 19 October, and within three weeks the first snows had fallen.’
      • ‘However, on Wednesday the snows arrived and with six to ten inches falling, it brought everything to a virtual standstill.’
      • ‘Their body warmth heated the upper floor where their humans lived and, if the snows of winter and the snow-drifts off the roofs piled up very high, the farmers could still shovel their way down to their snow-bound herds.’
      • ‘Still, we stood in a large shadow of regret as we called the power company and asked; they were glad to comply, and with alacrity, before the snows.’
  • 2Something resembling snow, in particular:

    1. 2.1 A 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’
      • ‘Because it certainly looked like it on my television, and we have a digital signal, so it couldn't have been snow or interference.’
      • ‘The television shows some snow all over the screen, until a blue screen shows ‘play’ on it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The television filled with digital snow, casting a pale glow about the darkened room.’
    2. 2.2informal Cocaine.
    3. 2.3 A dessert or other dish resembling snow:
      ‘vanilla snow’
      • ‘At first the technique was used to make a simple, uncooked dish called snow, made from egg white and cream.’
    4. 2.4[with modifier] A frozen gas resembling snow:
      ‘carbon dioxide snow’
      • ‘The first cryogens were liquid air and compressed carbon dioxide snow.’

verb

  • 1be snowed in/up[no object] Snow falls:

    ‘it's not snowing so heavily now’
    • ‘I feel so cozy inside when it is snowing - something I miss from living in Edmonton.’
    • ‘It snowed heavily for five hours, and then stopped.’
    • ‘The weather wasn't really improving it was starting to snow pretty heavily and I feared that the traffic would be a disaster.’
    • ‘It was snowing heavily and within minutes the lawn was covered in a sheet of pristine white.’
    • ‘Christy peaked out the window and saw that it had snowed overnight.’
    • ‘It was snowing heavily, which is normal for New Zealand in August.’
    • ‘It was snowing, not heavily but lightly and he decided not to cancel the match.’
    • ‘I've just spoken to Sasha, twenty miles away in London, where it is snowing.’
    • ‘I looked outside, and saw that it had started to snow really hard.’
    • ‘That evening it continued snowing heavily as the night grew colder.’
    • ‘When it snowed hard, we were cut off from our suppliers.’
    • ‘We were also out for Christmas break and it has snowed overnight.’
    • ‘This may mean having to check periodically if it is snowing.’
    • ‘They are saying it will snow again tonight.’
    • ‘You live in Canada, it snows here in the winter, get over it.’
    • ‘At the end of the road we stop and it is snowing fairly heavily.’
    • ‘This morning… can you believe it… it is snowing!’
    • ‘And it hasn't snowed up here since I've been up here.’
    • ‘He peeks out of the tent to discover that it is snowing.’
    • ‘Nate almost didn't see the jeep that was ahead of him, because it had started snowing pretty heavily.’
    1. 1.1be snowed in/up Be confined or blocked by a large quantity of snow:
      ‘I was snowed in for a week’
      • ‘So instead of being snowed in at the airport, I was fogged in.’
      • ‘They have a windproof shelter, and if they get bored with being snowed in, they can eat the walls.’
      • ‘It had been planned that White would join them last Wednesday morning but he could not arrive at Headingley until later in the day after being snowed in at his Scarborough home.’
      • ‘She finally settled in New Mexico, building an adobe house with her own hands on a remote mesa where in winter she was snowed in for weeks at a time…’
      • ‘Remember the last time we were snowed in together?’
      • ‘So the trapper gathered the furs and snow-packed barrels of meats upon a sled, and pushed it through the passes before they were snowed in by the winter.’
      • ‘We were snowed in, the snow had stopped just before the top of the windows.’
      • ‘Twenty years ago, on a ski holiday in Norway, Jeremy was snowed in for a couple of days and came up with the idea of using mountain rescue as the basis for a novel.’
      • ‘We were snowed in again over the weekend, to our great indignation.’
      • ‘On one occasion we were snowed in and the four boys all had chicken pox so we moved out to a rented cottage in Roxburgh until the snow thawed.’
      • ‘Also in 1945 we went into the Welsh Mountains to help feed people who were snowed in.’
      • ‘We were snowed in so I couldn't go outside at all.’
      • ‘We were having a wonderful time being snowed in at the Mayflower with our friends.’
      • ‘We were all promised blizzards and arctic blasts today, and I dare say everyone was looking forward to being snowed in and enjoying a day off work snuggled up in front of the telly.’
      • ‘We joke about the long winter nights and the risks of being snowed in.’
      • ‘He was at Bacup during the severe winter of 1947, when trains were snowed up in the Whitworth area.’
      • ‘When they wanted to look at the animals up around the Port Hills, in winter the area was snowed up and they could get there in a four wheel drive, but in spring and in autumn it was so wet that they could not get up there.’
      • ‘Last year we were snowed in and it took two days to clear the snow away.’
      • ‘Soon after we moved into our present house in a village near Bath, some 20 years ago, we were snowed in for a week.’
      • ‘I look in the rear view mirror and it's like we've been snowed in.’
  • 2North American informal [with object] Mislead or charm (someone) with elaborate and insincere words:

    ‘they would snow the public into believing that all was well’
    • ‘He quickly came up with a 10 point plan to ensure that CEOs could never snow their investors like that again.’
    • ‘Then he snows her with rapid-fire comments and returns to the ‘you're forgiven’ angle.’
    • ‘The organization has a proud history of running its own show and snowing successive governments to further its own quite remarkable self interest.’
    • ‘It really is scary how many people have been snowed by the current administrations' policies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm afraid that those who might be snowed by the report's valiant attempt to pass off hope for potential are few.’
    • ‘He used you people, played on your sympathy and thoroughly snowed you.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • be snowed under

    • Be overwhelmed with a very large quantity of something, especially work:

      ‘he's been snowed under with urgent cases’
      • ‘I expected to be snowed under with applications but we have only received 67 and time is running out.’
      • ‘There wasn't a holiday in the UK, so people were still sending me e-mail, but I took an hour or two at lunch time and cleared them, so that I wouldn't be snowed under when I got in today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the past three months, ambulance crews like 735 have been snowed under with calls.’
      • ‘And such has been the demand that the ticket office has still been snowed under by requests, with officials at the club not expecting to know the final figures until later this week.’
      • ‘Naturally this column has no understanding of how this happened, but it would be nice to think that we will not be snowed under by complaints about a) its alumni events or b) problems with the alumni website in the future.’
      • ‘Last time we were snowed under with similar letters my colleague sent the following reply.’
      • ‘Experience shows that many directors face one of two challenges: either having far too little information to gain a proper perspective on a company's financial health, or being snowed under by too much information.’
      • ‘Over the last few months, the two committees have been snowed under with work.’
      • ‘I've been snowed under with bursary and applying for med school.’
      • ‘If he has been snowed under lately, blame the Highland weather.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have been snowed under by a request to know what colour this farm is; red, yellow or green.’
      • ‘The city's cat shelter is snowed under with new arrivals, as summer is their busiest period, being similar to the post-Christmas boom in unwanted dogs.’
      • ‘Well, and it's not just patients and their families that are being snowed under by the paperwork in the bureaucracy.’
      • ‘One respondent told the researchers, ‘Everyone seems to be snowed under now.’’
      • ‘He claims to be snowed under with correspondence.’
      • ‘I genuinely hope that I don't get time to read these books, due to the fact that I'll be snowed under doing miscellaneous ‘other things’ that I can't really talk about at the moment.’
      • ‘But I just started 6th form college and I've been snowed under with work.’
      inundate, overwhelm, overload, overrun, flood, swamp, deluge, engulf
      shower, bombard
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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.

Pronunciation

snow

/snəʊ/