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snow

[snoh] /snoʊ/
noun
1.
Meteorology. a precipitation in the form of ice crystals, mainly of intricately branched, hexagonal form and often agglomerated into snowflakes, formed directly from the freezing of the water vapor in the air.
2.
these flakes as forming a layer on the ground or other surface.
3.
the fall of these flakes or a storm during which these flakes fall.
4.
something resembling a layer of these flakes in whiteness, softness, or the like:
the snow of fresh linen.
5.
Literary.
  1. white blossoms.
  2. the white color of snow.
6.
Slang. cocaine or heroin.
7.
white spots or bands on a television screen caused by a weak signal.
Compare hash1 (def 5).
verb (used without object)
8.
to send down snow; fall as snow.
9.
to descend like snow.
verb (used with object)
10.
to let fall as or like snow.
11.
Slang.
  1. to make an overwhelming impression on:
    The view really snowed them.
  2. to persuade or deceive:
    She was snowed into believing everything.
Verb phrases
12.
snow under,
  1. to cover with or bury in snow.
  2. to overwhelm with a larger amount of something than can be conveniently dealt with.
  3. to defeat overwhelmingly.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English snāw; cognate with Dutch sneeuw, German Schnee, Old Norse snǣr, Gothic snaiws, Latin nix (genitive nivis), Greek níps (accusative nípha), OCS sněgŭ; (v.) Middle English snowen, derivative of the noun; replacing Middle English snewen, Old English snīwan; cognate with Old High German snīwan (German schneien), Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snīen
Related forms
snowless, adjective
snowlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for snow under

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 snow under
snow
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.
snow
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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snow under 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 snow under

snow under

verb phrase

To burden or assail with excessive demands, work, etc; overwhelm: until a frailer man than he would have been snowed under (1880+)


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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snow under 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 snow under
Overwhelm, overpower, as in I can't go; I'm just snowed under with work, or We were snowed under by more votes than we could have anticipated. This expression alludes to being buried in snow. [ Late 1800s ]
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