from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A single flake or crystal of snow.
- n. Any of several bulbous European herbs of the genus Leucojum, having white or whitish flowers and fleshy fruit.
- n. See snow bunting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A flake, or small filmy mass, of snow.
- n. See Snowbird, 1.
- n. A name given to several bulbous plants of the genus Leucoium (L. vernum, æstivum, etc.) resembling the snowdrop, but having all the perianth leaves of equal size.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small feathery mass or flake of falling snow. See snow, n., 1.
- n. In ornithology, same as snow-bunting. Coues.
- n. A plant of the genus Leucoium, chiefly L. æstivum (the summer snowflake), and L. vernum (the spring Snowflake).
- n. A particular pattern of weaving certain woolen cloths, by which small knots are produced upon the face, which, when of light color, resemble a sprinkling of snow.
- n. The sweet-william, Dianthus barbatus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. white Arctic bunting
- n. a crystal of snow
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In a couple of days I may go ahead and explain how the snowflake is a dangerous icon of a nature goddess and brainwashes children.
For example, a snowflake is a highly-structured, nearly fractal, characteristically hexagonal lattice of ice.
Even if we assume that everyone's fingerprints are different without having actually proved it -- just as we assume that every snowflake is different -- mistakes can be made when comparing a small partial poorly formed fingerprint to a full set of prints carefully made on a special card.
Parents that have the nerve to name their babies Chanel, Cinnamon or Diamond may as well go full hog and give the kid an eight-ball and some Val-U-Rite vodka, because let's face it, the only job their little snowflake is going to get in life involves sliding down a pole for drunken slobs.
Still, I think it shows fairly well - this is a single snowflake from a roll panto.
If you simply look at the positions of the water molecules before and after, a snowflake is * wildly* improbable, and a blizzard defies belief.
As my awkward paraphrase of an old Zen story puts it, one snowflake is insignificant, but with enough of them you get a blizzard, or an ice age.
This type of schema is usually called a snowflake schema.
Some say the snowflake forms by self-organization - you call the snowflake formation process self-assembly.
The snowflake is a symbol for sarcoid, each case is unique and I had it long before House made its obscurity trendy.