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snowplow

[snoh-plou]
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noun
  1. an implement or machine for clearing away snow from highways, railroad tracks, etc.
  2. Skiing. a maneuver in which a skier pushes the heels of both skis outward so that they are far apart, as for turning, decreasing speed, or stopping.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to clear of snow using a snowplow.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to clear away snow with a snowplow.
  2. Skiing. to execute a snowplow.
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Origin of snowplow

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; snow + plow
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for snow-plow

Historical Examples

  • Hold his hands, Happy, sez Horace, as full o fight as a snow-plow.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason

  • The snow-plow, even with extra teams, could hardly force its path through.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • What are you doing, yourselves, with all the engines you want and a snow-plow, and all the men you want?

    The Cassowary

    Stanley Waterloo

  • Engineers and firemen on weed-destroying engines shall be paid at the same rates as in snow-plow service.

  • Ahead a billowy drift which 29 filled a hollow rose level with the wedge-shape framing on the snow-plow front.


Word Origin and History for snow-plow

n.

also snowplow, snow-plough, 1792, first mentioned in a New Hampshire context, from snow (n.) + plow (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper