from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plowlike device or vehicle used to remove snow, especially from roads and railroad tracks.
  • n. A maneuver in snow skiing in which the tips of the skis are brought together in order to slow or stop progress.
  • intransitive v. To perform a snowplow in skiing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vehicle that is used to push snow off surfaces such as roads.
  • n. A device attached to a vehicle to enable it to be used for removing snow.
  • n. A maneuver/manoeuvre in skiing in which the tips of the skis point inwards and the back ends point outwards, imitating a snowplow.
  • v. To clear (roads, etc) using a snowplow.
  • v. To perform a snowplow in skiing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a structure, usually Λ-shaped, for removing snow from sidewalks, railroads, etc., -- drawn or driven by a horse or a locomotive.
  • n. An implement operating like a plow, but on a larger scale, for clearing away the snow from roads, railways, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An implement for clearing away snow from roads, railways, etc.
  • n. Snow-plows used on electric roads are special cars fitted with high-power motors and some form of snow-scraper. One form, called a shear-plow, is fitted with strong wide shear-boards placed in pairs, the lower and outer board being adjustable at an angle of about 45° across the track in front of the car; another, called a nose-plow, has a double shear in front of the car. Each style also employs wing-scrapers behind the plows to shove the snow away from the car. Small shear-plows, called track-scrapers, are also fitted to ordinary cars to remove light falls of snow. For city streets snow-plows are often replaced by a machine called a track-sweeper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vehicle used to push snow from roads


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From snow + plow.


  • I could not afford to call a snowplow company to clear away the snow.

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  • Student skiers receive instruction on proper "snowplow" stopping technique during "Ski School" at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in December 2005.


  • Under U.S. Department of Transportation regulations that his union participates in, S.anty was to be removed from safety-sensitive duties, such as snowplow driving, until he was evaluated by a substance-abuse counselor.


  • Crash loved it - he was little a tiny little white furry snowplow, burrowing through the snow with his face!

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  • Steve McKichan, a former NHL goaltending coach, said he has obtained a patent for a new set of goaltender's leg pads that are angled like the blade of a snowplow.

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  • They followed a snowplow for a while, but visibility dropped to zero.

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  • It isn’t even an inch, but in this part of Oregon a slight dusting brings everything to a standstill as the one snowplow in the county gets busy clearing the roads.

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  • The union thugs, led by a middle school teacher from Wisconsin Rapids, are really showing their true colors by singing folk songs and chanting "Thank You" to firefighters and snowplow drivers.

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  • This is frightening and shameful but I press on and ask if they saw who was driving the snowplow.


  • I'm shoveling my driveway again when the first snowplow comes down the street.



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