Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) street names for cocaine
  2. (noun, person) English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
  3. (noun, phenomenon) precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
  4. (noun, substance) a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
  5. (verb, communication) conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
  6. (verb, weather) fall as snow

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Origin of the word Snow

  1. O.E. snaw "snow," from P.Gmc. *snaiwaz (cf. O.S., O.H.G. sneo, O.Fris., M.L.G. sne, M.Du. snee, Du. sneeuw, Ger. Schnee, O.N. snjor, Goth. snaiws "snow"), from PIE *sniegwh-/*snoigwho- (cf. Gk. nipha, L. nix (gen. nivis), O.Ir. snechta, Welsh nyf, Lith. sniegas, O.Pru… more
  2. c.1300, replacing O.E. 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.).
    "Also ?ikke as snow ?at snew,Or al so hail ?at stormes blew."[Robert Mannyng of Brunne, transl. Wace's "Chronicle," c.1330]
    The figurative sense of "overwhelm" is 1880, … more

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