snow blindness



the usually temporary dimming of the sight caused by the glare of reflected sunlight on snow.

Nearby words

  1. snout beetle,
  2. snout reflex,
  3. snow,
  4. snow apple,
  5. snow banner,
  6. snow blower,
  7. snow board,
  8. snow bridge,
  9. snow bunting,
  10. snow cave

Origin of snow blindness

First recorded in 1740–50

Related formssnow-blind [snoh-blahynd] /ˈsnoʊˌblaɪnd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snow-blind



temporarily unable to see or having impaired vision because of the intense reflection of sunlight from snow
Derived Formssnow blindness, noun

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Word Origin and History for snow-blind



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

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Medicine definitions for snow-blind

snow blindness



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.
Related formssnow-blind′ null adj.

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