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Snow

[snoh] /snoʊ/
noun
1.
Sir Charles Percy (C. P. Snow) 1905–80, English novelist and scientist.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75
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British Dictionary definitions for c.p. snow

snow

/snəʊ/
noun
1.
precipitation from clouds in the form of flakes of ice crystals formed in the upper atmosphere related adjective 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
verb
8.
(intransitive; with it as subject) to be the case that snow is falling
9.
(transitive; usually passive, foll by over, under, in, or up) to cover or confine with a heavy fall of snow
10.
often with it as subject. to fall or cause to fall as or like snow
11.
(transitive) (US & Canadian, slang) to deceive or overwhelm with elaborate often insincere talk See snow job
12.
be snowed under, to be overwhelmed, esp with paperwork
Derived Forms
snowless, adjective
snowlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English snāw; related to Old Norse snjōr, Gothic snaiws, Old High German snēo, Greek nipha

Snow

/snəʊ/
noun
1.
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 and History for c.p. snow

snow

n.

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.

v.

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.

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c.p. snow in Science
snow
  (snō)   
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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Slang definitions & phrases for c.p. snow

snow

noun
  1. Cocaine: And he was also snorting snow (1914+ Narcotics)
  2. : I thought his rationale was pure snow
verb

To persuade in a dubious cause, esp by exaggeration, appeals to common sentiment, etc; blow smoke: The electorate will not be snowed into supporting that silly measure (1945+)

Related Terms

eyes like pissholes in the snow

[verb sense fr the idea of snowing someone under with articulate reasons]


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c.p. snow in the Bible

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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with c.p. snow
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