from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Frozen precipitation in the form of white or translucent hexagonal ice crystals that fall in soft, white flakes.
- n. A falling of snow; a snowstorm.
- n. Something resembling snow, as:
- n. The white specks on a television screen resulting from weak reception.
- n. Slang Cocaine.
- n. Slang Heroin.
- intransitive v. To fall as or in snow.
- transitive v. To cover, shut off, or close off with snow: We were snowed in.
- transitive v. Slang To overwhelm with insincere talk, especially with flattery.
- snow under To overwhelm: I was snowed under with work.
- snow under To defeat by a very large margin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
- n. Any similar frozen form of a gas or liquid.
- n. A shade of the color white.
- n. The area of frequency on a television which has no programmes broadcast in analogue sets, the image is created by the Electrical noise.
- n. Cocaine.
- n. A snowfall; a blanket of frozen, crystalline water.
- v. To have snow fall from the sky.
- v. To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
- v. To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Watery particles congealed into white or transparent crystals or flakes in the air, and falling to the earth, exhibiting a great variety of very beautiful and perfect forms.
- n. Fig.: Something white like snow, as the white color (argent) in heraldry; something which falls in, or as in, flakes.
- intransitive v. To fall in or as snow; -- chiefly used impersonally
- transitive v. To scatter like snow; to cover with, or as with, snow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The aqueous vapor of the atmosphere precipitated in a crystalline form, and falling to the earth in flakes, each flake consisting of a distinct crystal, or more commonly of combinations of separate crystals.
- n. A snowfall; a snow-storm.
- n. A winter; hence, in enumeration, a year: as, five snows.
- n. Something that resembles snow, as white blossoms.
- n. In heraldry, white; argent.
- To fall as snow: used chiefly impersonally: as, it snows; it snowed yesterday.
- To scatter or cause to fall like snow.
- To surround, cover, or imprison with snow: with in, up, under, or over: often used figuratively. See snow-bound.
- n. A vessel equipped with two masts, resembling the mainmast and foremast of a ship, and a third small mast just abaft and close to the mainmast, carrying a trysail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
- n. a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
- n. English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
- v. fall as snow
- v. conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
- n. street names for cocaine
Middle English, from Old English snāw.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English snow, snaw, from Old English snāw ("snow"), from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz (“snow”), from Proto-Indo-European *snóygʷʰos (“snow”). 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), dialectal Albanian nehë ("place where the snow melts"). Also, from the same Indo-European root *sneygʷʰ- (“to snow”) comes English snew. (Wiktionary)