C.p. snow


Sir Charles Percy (C. P. Snow) 1905–80, English novelist and scientist.


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snow (snəʊ)
1.  precipitation from clouds in the form of flakes of ice crystals formed in the upper atmosphereRelated: niveous
2.  a layer of snowflakes on the ground
3.  a fall of such precipitation
4.  anything resembling snow in whiteness, softness, etc
5.  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
6.  slang cocaine
7.  See carbon dioxide snow
vb (often with it as subject)
8.  (intr; with it as subject) to be the case that snow is falling
9.  (tr; usually passive, foll by over, under, in, or up) to cover or confine with a heavy fall of snow
10.  to fall or cause to fall as or like snow
11.  slang (US), (Canadian) (tr) See snow job to deceive or overwhelm with elaborate often insincere talk
12.  be snowed under to be overwhelmed, esp with paperwork
Related: niveous
[Old English snāw; related to Old Norse snjōr, Gothic snaiws, Old High German snēo, Greek nipha]

Snow (snəʊ)
C(harles) P(ercy), Baron. 1905--80, British novelist and physicist. His novels include the series Strangers and Brothers (1949--70)

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Word Origin & History

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.Prus. snaygis, O.C.S. snegu, Rus. snieg',
Slovak sneh "snow"). The cognate in Skt., snihyati, came to mean "he gets wet." As slang for "cocaine" it is attested from 1914. Snowshoe first recorded 1674; snowflake is 1734; snowplow is from 1792, first mentioned in a New Hampshire context; snowman is from 1827; snowmobile first attested 1931, in ref. to Admiral Byrd's expedition.

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 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" is 1880, Amer.Eng., 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.
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Science Dictionary
snow   (snō)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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Bible Dictionary

Snow definition

Common in Palestine in winter (Ps. 147:16). The snow on the tops of the Lebanon range is almost always within view throughout the whole year. The word is frequently used figuratively by the sacred writers (Job 24:19; Ps. 51:7; 68:14; Isa. 1:18). It is mentioned only once in the historical books (2 Sam. 23:20). It was "carried to Tyre, Sidon, and Damascus as a luxury, and labourers sweltering in the hot harvest-fields used it for the purpose of cooling the water which they drank (Prov. 25:13; Jer. 18:14). No doubt Herod Antipas, at his feasts in Tiberias, enjoyed also from this very source the modern luxury of ice-water."

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