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Snow-covered road.

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English snow, snaw, from Old English snāw ‎(snow), from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz ‎(snow), from Proto-Indo-European *snóygʷʰos ‎(snow), from the root *sneygʷʰ-.

Cognate with Scots snaw ‎(snow), West Frisian snie ‎(snow), Dutch sneeuw ‎(snow), German Schnee ‎(snow), Danish sne ‎(snow), Norwegian snø ‎(snow), Swedish snö ‎(snow), Icelandic snjór ‎(snow), Latin nix ‎(snow), Russian снег ‎(sneg), Armenian ձյուն ‎(jyun), Ancient Greek νίφα ‎(nípha), dialectal Albanian nehë ‎(place where the snow melts).



snow ‎(countable and uncountable, plural snows)

  1. (uncountable) The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
    • 1928, A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner,
      The wind had dropped, and the snow, tired of rushing around in circles trying to catch itself up, now fluttered gently down until it found a place on which to rest.
  2. (uncountable) Any similar frozen form of a gas or liquid.
    • 2008, Neal Asher, "Alien Archaeology"
      Clad in a coldsuit Jael trudged through a thin layer of CO2 snow ...
  3. (uncountable) A shade of the color white.
    snow colour:    
  4. (uncountable) The area of frequency on a television which has no programmes broadcast in analogue sets, the image is created by the Electrical noise.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
  6. (countable) A snowfall; a blanket of frozen, crystalline water.
    We have had several heavy snows this year.
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snow ‎(third-person singular simple present snows, present participle snowing, simple past snowed or snew, past participle snowed or snown)

  1. (impersonal) To have snow fall from the sky.
    It is snowing.
    It started to snow.
  2. (colloquial) To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
  3. (poker) To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards.
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  • 1978, Brunson, Doyle, Super/System: A course in power poker, B&G Publishing Company:

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Etymology 2Edit

From Low German Snaue, or Dutch snaauw, from Low German Snau ‎(a snout, a beak).


snow ‎(plural snows)

  1. (nautical) A square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig only in that she has a trysail mast close abaft the mainmast, on which a large trysail is hoisted.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


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