American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour and visibility of less than one-quarter mile (400 meters) for three hours.
- n. A very heavy snowstorm with high winds.
- n. A torrent; a superabundance: a blizzard of phone calls.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general discharge of guns; a rattling volley; a general “blazing away.” See extract.
- n. Hence—2. Figuratively, a volley; a sudden (oratorical) attack; an overwhelming retort.
- n. 3. A gale or hurricane accompanied by intense cold and dry, driving snow, common in winter on the great plains of the States and Territories of the northwestern United States east of the Rocky Mountains, especially Dakota, and in Manitoba in British America. It is described in the “American Meteorological Journal” as “a mad rushing combination of wind and snow which neither man nor beast could face.”
- n. A severe snowstorm, especially with strong winds and greatly reduced visibility.
- n. figuratively A large amount of paperwork.
- n. figuratively A large number of similar things, such as a blizzard of political ads.
- v. of snow To fall in windy conditions
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. United States A gale of piercingly cold wind, usually accompanied with fine and blinding snow; a furious blast.
- n. a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds
- n. a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences
- Unknown (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As we guard against the incursion of nonsense buzzwords, though, it's useful to note that the term blizzard also emerged as a breathless media response to a snowstorm sound familiar?”
“You get that for three hours and that's what we call a blizzard, my friend.”
“A spring blizzard is covering northcentral Montana, schools are closed which never happens – we pride ourselves on our ‘toughness’ – and I have a perfect day to stay home and daydream for a few extra minutes.”
“Don't know about bovines in blizzard games, but gender neutral characters tend to be male-centric, and even though I myself use video games as a medium for escapism sometimes, I certainly do not want to be alienated from the experience ALL of the time, and not for reasons that are sexist.”
“When the novel opens, a 100-year blizzard is closing in on the farm, and Rose is the only thing standing between the cows, the sheep, the chickens and an icy death.”
“I agree with leloup and Hwang, blizzard is famous for having ‘quality’ before ‘quantity’ as a company standard.”
“You know, those things I drag myself over red hot oozing lava and pointy steel blades uphill both ways in blizzard and howling tropical storm to create.”
“A blizzard is roaring outside as I write this .... but that means only one thing - everything is CLOSED! and I mean everything!”
“Around the golf course, a rounded number eight is referred to as a snowman, and in blizzard-like conditions better suited for the Iditarod sled-dog race, the Browns (9-5) didn't mind shooting that score.”
“German settlers in Iowa originally coined the word blizzard, coming from the word blitzartig, meaning "lightning-like.”
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