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  • n. Decorative object or toy containing fluid with suspended white flakes that emulate snowfall when shaken.


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  • He was like a snow globe turned upside down, drifting flakes on the Empire St.te Building or the St. Louis Arch or the Golden Gate.

    Land of the Blind


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  • As in Citizen Kane.

    January 27, 2009

  • A snow globe is a transparent sphere usually made of glass enclosing a miniaturized scene of some sort, often together with a model of a landscape. The sphere also encloses the water in the globe; the water serves as the medium through which the "snow" falls. To activate the snow, the globe is physically shaken to churn up the white particles. The globe is then placed back in its position and the flakes fall down slowly through the water. Today's snow globes sometimes have a built-in music box in the base.

    Precisely when the first snow globe, also called a waterglobe or snowdome, was made remains unclear, but they appear to date from France during the early 1800s.


    February 4, 2008