- Snow means particles of frozen water vapor, a mass of this substance or something that resembles this substance, or is slang for cocaine or heroin.
- An example of snow is the white fluff that falls from the sky during the winter in New York.
- An example of snow is are the spots on a television screen when the transmission signal is not strong.
- Snow is defined as to shower, fall or cover with a frozen water vapor substance from the sky, or to say or do something to deceive someone.
- An example of snow is for this substance to come down from the sky on Christmas.
- An example of snow is for someone who is interviewing for a job to tell the interviewer about experience which they don't have.
- particles of water vapor which when frozen in the upper air fall to earth as soft, white, crystalline flakes
- a falling of snow
- snowy weather
- a mass or accumulation of fallen snow
- Old Poet. whiteness
- something like snow in whiteness, texture, etc.
- fluctuating spots appearing on a television screen as a result of a weak signal, shot effect, etc.
- Slang cocaine or heroin
Origin of snowMiddle English from Old English snaw, akin to German schnee from Indo-European base an unverified form sneigwh-, to snow, an unverified form snoigwhos, snow from source Old Irish snechta, Russian sneg, Classical Latin nix (gen. nivis)
Origin of snowME snowen < OE sniwian
- to shower or let fall as or like snow
- to cover, obstruct, etc. with or as with snow: usually with in, under, etc.
- Slang to deceive, mislead, or win over by glib talk, flattery, etc.
- to weigh down or overwhelm with work, etc.
- to defeat decisively
- Frozen precipitation consisting of hexagonally symmetrical ice crystals that form soft, white flakes.
- A falling of snow; a snowstorm.
- Something resembling snow, as:a. The white specks on a television screen resulting from weak reception.b. Slang Cocaine.c. Slang Heroin.
verbsnowed, snow·ing, snows
- To cover, shut off, or close off with snow: We were snowed in.
- Slang To overwhelm with insincere talk, especially with flattery.
Origin of snowMiddle English from Old English snāw ; see sneigwh- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural snows)
- (uncountable) The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
- (uncountable) Any similar frozen form of a gas or liquid.
- (uncountable) A shade of the color white.
- (uncountable) The area of frequency on a television which has no programmes broadcast in analogue sets, the image is created by the Electrical noise.
- (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
- (countable) A snowfall; a blanket of frozen, crystalline water.
- We have had several heavy snows this year.
(third-person singular simple present snows, present participle snowing, simple past snowed or snew, past participle snowed or snown)
From Middle English snow, snaw, from Old English snÄw (“snow"), from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz (“snow"), from Proto-Indo-European *snÃ³ygÊ·Ê°os (“snow"). Cognate with Scots snaw (“snow"), West Frisian snie (“snow"), Dutch sneeuw (“snow"), German Schnee (“snow"), Danish sne (“snow"), Norwegian snÃ¸ (“snow"), Swedish snÃ¶ (“snow"), Icelandic snjÃ³r (“snow"), Latin nix (“snow"), Russian ÑÐ½ÐµÐ³ (sneg), Armenian Õ±ÕµÕ¸Ö‚Õ¶ (jyun), Ancient Greek Î½Î¯Ï†Î± (nÃpha), dialectal Albanian nehÃ« (“place where the snow melts"). Also, from the same Indo-European root *sneygÊ·Ê°- (“to snow") comes English snew.
- (nautical) 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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Low German Snaue, or Dutch snaauw, from Low German Snau (“a snout, a beak").
snow - Computer Definition
The flickering snow-like spots on a video screen caused by display electronics that are too slow to respond to changing data.