- Meteorology. a precipitation in the form of ice crystals, mainly of intricately branched, hexagonal form and often agglomerated into snowflakes, formed directly from the freezing of the water vapor in the air.Compare ice crystals, snow grains, snow pellets.
- these flakes as forming a layer on the ground or other surface.
- the fall of these flakes or a storm during which these flakes fall.
- something resembling a layer of these flakes in whiteness, softness, or the like: the snow of fresh linen.
- white blossoms.
- the white color of snow.
- Slang. cocaine or heroin.
- white spots or bands on a television screen caused by a weak signal.Compare hash1(def 5).
- to send down snow; fall as snow.
- to descend like snow.
- to let fall as or like snow.
- to make an overwhelming impression on: The view really snowed them.
- to persuade or deceive: She was snowed into believing everything.
- snow under,
- to cover with or bury in snow.
- to overwhelm with a larger amount of something than can be conveniently dealt with.
- to defeat overwhelmingly.
Origin of snow
Examples from the Web for snowing
It was snowing outside, and he heard a knocking at his door.Denmark Has a Riveting New Drama Starring Mads Mikkelsen
July 14, 2013
It has been snowing for days, and at night temperatures in this mountain hamlet plummet far below zero.Ice and Fire
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 25, 2012
By the time we unloaded our bags at the curb, it was snowing heavily.Ciao, Roma! Hello, Newark!
January 6, 2011
The attack is always directed to the creative mind, and when we take note as we do today, it always seems to be snowing.Writers Rally for Liu Xiaobo
PEN American Center
January 4, 2010
It is snowing, but the runway at Midway Airport has been swept and the pilots commit to a landing.The Good Plane Crash
December 23, 2009
She went singing to her algebra, which she could not have done if it had not been snowing.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
But the very next day it began to rain, and before night it was snowing.
It had been snowing for the past hour, and the ground was white in the courtyard when we descended.
It was snowing anew, and the north wind was howling like a choir of the damned.
It was snowing hard, but I shook from passion more than from cold.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- precipitation from clouds in the form of flakes of ice crystals formed in the upper atmosphereRelated adjective: niveous
- a layer of snowflakes on the ground
- a fall of such precipitation
- anything resembling snow in whiteness, softness, etc
- the random pattern of white spots on a television or radar screen, produced by noise in the receiver and occurring when the signal is weak or absent
- slang cocaine
- See carbon dioxide snow
- (intr; with it as subject) to be the case that snow is falling
- (tr; usually passive, foll by over, under, in, or up) to cover or confine with a heavy fall of snow
- (often with it as subject) to fall or cause to fall as or like snow
- (tr) US and Canadian slang to deceive or overwhelm with elaborate often insincere talkSee snow job
- be snowed under to be overwhelmed, esp with paperwork
- C (harles) P (ercy), Baron. 1905–80, British novelist and physicist. His novels include the series Strangers and Brothers (1949–70)
Word Origin and History for snowing
Old English snaw "snow, that which falls as snow; a fall of snow; a snowstorm," from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German sneo, Old Frisian and Middle Low German sne, Middle Dutch snee, Dutch sneeuw, German Schnee, Old Norse snjor, Gothic snaiws "snow"), from PIE root *sniegwh- "snow; to snow" (cf. Greek nipha, Latin nix (genitive nivis), Old Irish snechta, Irish sneachd, Welsh nyf, Lithuanian sniegas, Old Prussian snaygis, Old Church Slavonic snegu, Russian snieg', Slovak sneh "snow"). The cognate in Sanskrit, snihyati, came to mean "he gets wet." As slang for "cocaine" it is attested from 1914.
c.1300, replacing Old English sniwan, which would have yielded modern snew (which existed as a parallel form until 17c. and, in Yorkshire, even later), from the root of snow (n.). Cf. Middle Dutch sneuuwen, Dutch sneeuwen, Old Norse snjova, Swedish snöga.
Also þikke as snow þat snew,
Or al so hail þat stormes blew.
[Robert Mannyng of Brunne, transl. Wace's "Chronicle," c.1330]
The figurative sense of "overwhelm; surround, cover, and imprison" (as deep snows can do to livestock) is 1880, American English, in phrase to snow (someone) under. Snow job "strong, persistent persuasion in a dubious cause" is World War II armed forces slang, probably from the same metaphoric image.
- Precipitation that falls to earth in the form of ice crystals that have complex branched hexagonal patterns. Snow usually falls from stratus and stratocumulus clouds, but it can also fall from cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds.