(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)
- (impersonal) To have snow fall from the sky.
- It is snowing.
- It started to snow.
- (colloquial) To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
- (poker) To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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").