Meteorology. a precipitation in the form of ice crystals, mainly of intricately branched, hexagonal form and often agglomerated into snowflakes, formed directly from the freezing of the water vapor in the air.
Compare ice crystals, snow grains, snow pellets.
these flakes as forming a layer on the ground or other surface.
the fall of these flakes or a storm during which these flakes fall.
something resembling a layer of these flakes in whiteness, softness, or the like:
the snow of fresh linen.
the white color of snow.
Slang. cocaine or heroin.
white spots or bands on a television screen caused by a weak signal.
Compare hash1 (def 5).
verb (used without object)
to send down snow; fall as snow.
to descend like snow.
verb (used with object)
to let fall as or like snow.
to make an overwhelming impression on:
The view really snowed them.
to persuade or deceive:
She was snowed into believing everything.
to cover with or bury in snow.
to overwhelm with a larger amount of something than can be conveniently dealt with.
to defeat overwhelmingly.
(slang) under the influence of narcotic drugs
precipitation from clouds in the form of flakes of ice crystals formed in the upper atmosphere related adjective niveous
a layer of snowflakes on the ground
a fall of such precipitation
anything resembling snow in whiteness, softness, etc
the random pattern of white spots on a television or radar screen, produced by noise in the receiver and occurring when the signal is weak or absent
See carbon dioxide snow
(intransitive; with it as subject) to be the case that snow is falling
(transitive; usually passive, foll by over, under, in, or up) to cover or confine with a heavy fall of snow
often with it as subject. to fall or cause to fall as or like snow
(transitive) (US & Canadian, slang) to deceive or overwhelm with elaborate often insincere talk See snow job
be snowed under, to be overwhelmed, esp with paperwork
C(harles) P(ercy), Baron. 1905–80, British novelist and physicist. His novels include the series Strangers and Brothers (1949–70)
Precipitation that falls to earth in the form of ice crystals that have complex branched hexagonal patterns. Snow usually falls from stratus and stratocumulus clouds, but it can also fall from cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds.
Common in Palestine in winter (Ps. 147:16). The snow on the tops of the Lebanon range is almost always within view throughout the whole year. The word is frequently used figuratively by the sacred writers (Job 24:19; Ps. 51:7; 68:14; Isa. 1:18). It is mentioned only once in the historical books (2 Sam. 23:20). It was “carried to Tyre, Sidon, and Damascus as a luxury, and labourers sweltering in the hot harvest-fields used it for the purpose of cooling the water which they drank (Prov. 25:13; Jer. 18:14). No doubt Herod Antipas, at his feasts in Tiberias, enjoyed also from this very source the modern luxury of ice-water.”
- Snowed in
noun 1. a fall of snow. 2. the amount of snow at a particular place or in a given time. noun 1. a fall of snow 2. (meteorol) the amount of snow received in a specified place and time
noun 1. a barrier erected on the windward side of a road, house, barn, etc., serving as a protection from drifting snow. noun 1. a portable wire-and-paling fence erected to prevent snow from drifting across a road, drive, ski run, etc
noun, Geology. 1. a large and relatively permanent expanse of snow. noun 1. a large area of permanent snow snowfield (snō’fēld’) A large expanse of snow, usually with a smooth and uniform surface, and especially at the head of a glacier.