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snow blindness

the usually temporary dimming of the sight caused by the glare of reflected sunlight on snow.
Origin of snow blindness
First recorded in 1740-50
Related forms
[snoh-blahynd] /ˈsnoʊˌblaɪnd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Going back to his snow-blind, he packed his blanket and camp kit swiftly and strapped them to his shoulders.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • One of them, snow-blind, towed helplessly at the rear of a sled.

  • When they got back to the ship it was dinner-time, and both were snow-blind.

  • But snow-blind men can see in the darkness, and he discovered that he was lying on his back in a room where a fire was flickering.

  • This, the first "snow-blind day" claimed McLean for its victim.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Such a phenomenon always occurs on what we came to call a "snow-blind day."

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • I am not quite certain, though, that he did see us for the moment, as he was about as snow-blind as a man can be.

  • He knew that he was snow-blind on a pathless prairie at least two days away from the fort.

  • He was evidently ill, and, as they soon realised, snow-blind.

  • The ice parted, and a little lane of turgid water appeared between them and the snow-blind man.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
British Dictionary definitions for snow-blind


temporarily unable to see or having impaired vision because of the intense reflection of sunlight from snow
Derived Forms
snow blindness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snow-blind

1748, from snow (n.) + blind (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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snow-blind in Medicine

snow blindness n.
A usually temporary loss of vision and inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea caused by exposure to bright sunlight and ultraviolet rays reflected from snow or ice.

snow'-blind' or snow'-blind'ed adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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