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[snoh-drift] /ˈsnoʊˌdrɪft/
a mound or bank of snow driven together by the wind.
snow driven before the wind.
Origin of snowdrift
1250-1300; Middle English; see snow, drift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If I lay myself down in a snowdrift, and am found frozen in the morning, it won't be of much moment.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • There was a snowdrift six feet in depth before the farmhouse piazza.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • snowdrift raised her wondrous dark eyes to his: "Isn't it wonderful to love as we love?"

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • You can clamber on the snowdrift, Peony, and reach them easily.

  • For two hours it had been a battle with snowdrift after snowdrift.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • No silly vision should drag him across a snowdrift on such a night.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • He pounced across the sidewalk, and soon the twain were struggling in the snowdrift, pummeling one another with might and main.

    The Christmas Angel Abbie Farwell Brown
  • As she spoke she re-adjusted the garment-screen and removed the snowdrift.

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then they disappeared and I heard nothing from her until she brought this child, snowdrift, to us here at the mission.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for snowdrift


a bank of deep snow driven together by the wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snowdrift

c.1300, from snow (n.) + drift (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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